Kirkby youngsters’ tree tribute for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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YOUNGSTERS at a Kirkby primary school have planted 80 trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will be celebrated this summer.

The pupils from Greenwood Primary School have joined forces with members of Kirkby Rotary Club to plant the sapplings.

They carried out the work as part of the club’s Rotakids scheme, which is designed to give support to school projects.

Said Rotn John Peacock, who is the club’s Youth Opportunities chairman: “It’s for seven to 12 year olds and it’s a great way to get together and enjoy working on a fun project.

“There is a Rotakids badge and to earn it the youngsters have to learn and recite the pledge.”

The children are members of the school’s E-Team and they are taking part in the Eco Schools Award.

The team has already reached the bronze and silver stages - and now staff and pupils are hoping the Jubilee planting will take them onto the final stage to win a Green Flag.

Twelve of the E-Team members have also joined Rotakids.

The tree sapplings, which included blackthorn, dogwood, elder, hawthorn, hazel, holly and shrub rose, were supplied by the Woodland Trust.

An acorn from the Queen’s estate at Sandringham is also being planted at a special place in the school grounds.

Rotary club members helped the children plant around half of the 80 sapplings and the rest were planted a week later.

The E-Team works every Tuesday during the lunch break.