Celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year began at the weekend when people turned out to plant 500 trees in a village to mark the occasion.
The Woodland Trust held a community tree-planting day in Gretton yesterday in a bid to create a living legacy to mark the Jubilee which can be enjoyed by generations to come.
People from the village were invited to come along and plant a tree to enhance the new Diamond Wood on the edge of the village, off Kirby Road near to Harringworth Road.
The wood will be one of 60 woods nationwide planted for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
A special tree was also planted to celebrate the life of Gretton mum Katherine Hartley, who died last year from cancer. Katherine’s tree is a royal oak sapling which was grown from an acorn from Sandringham.
Katherine’s husband Andrew Hartley said: “Katherine would have really appreciated it. As the years pass by we can come for walks here and see a dedicated place for Katherine as well.
“We planted quite a few trees, I had my three boys with me and they were all getting stuck in, it was fantastic.”
Stuart Holm from The Woodland Trust said: “There were 500 trees planted yesterday. We had some oaks, sweet chestnuts, some ash trees, some alder trees and some rowan trees.
“We had a fantastic turnout, absolutely astounding. It was planted for the Queen’s Jubilee, it’s one of a total of 60 60-acre woods which is a Diamond Wood.”
Jeremy Sharman, who owns the planting site, said: “It’s brilliant – we have a public footpath which goes down the middle of it so it’s a lovely spot for it.
“We were delighted when they selected us to be one of the sites. We had a brilliant day.”
Norman Skinner, of Gretton, was one of about 80 people who turned out to plant the trees. He said: “Hopefully the youngsters will see them grow. It was a good event for a Sunday afternoon. It’s a good thing for the village.”