Field Group Duddingston were one in a million last Saturday, as they took part in a national tree planting initiative to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. All trees were supplied by the Woodland Trust Scotland's popular community tree programme. These are some of the first Jubilee trees to go in the ground and set the Trust firmly on their way to their target of planting one million trees this month.
They were joined by representatives from the Woodland Trust Scotland and People's Postcode Lottery. The group received a special gift of a branded wheelbarrow to celebrate their green efforts.
This spring and throughout 2012, all free tree packs contain an additional special Royal Oak sapling. This has been grown from an acorn gathered from a Royal Estate.
The Trust is aiming to plant a million trees in February UK-wide. This is part of a bigger plan to plant six million trees throughout 2012, as part of the Jubilee Woods project to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. Communities and schools will play a big part in achieving this, marking Her Majesty The Queen's accession to the throne in February with a month of tree planting which will create a lasting legacy in their neighbourhoods.
People's Postcode Lottery have funded all community tree packs which are being planted in Scotland this spring.
This February over 20,000 native trees are being distributed through community packs across Scotland. These will enable local people to transform community spaces. Groups will be receiving either a small pack of 105 trees or a large pack of 420 trees. Each pack is available in four different themes: year-round colour, wood fuel, wildlife or wild harvest. All of the trees are ideal for planting as hedging, small woods or copses to fit best within community spaces.
Carol Evans, Director Woodland Trust Scotland said: “Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are able to offer communities the opportunity to plant more trees in their local area. Groups are transforming their neighbourhoods; growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.
She continued: “The great news is that everyone can get involved. From helping to create 60 new Diamond Woods, planting new woodland with communities, donating funds to help plant trees, to planting trees in school grounds or a single tree in your garden or pot, it’s easy to plant trees for the Jubilee and help us reach a million trees in a month and 6 million trees in a year! People can visit the Jubilee Woods website to find out more. This is just the start, the tree planting celebrations will take place across the whole year with opportunities for everyone to get involved in planting trees.”
Jo Bucci, Managing Director People's Postcode Lottery said “We are so proud of our support of Woodland Trust Scotland. Our players are making a real difference to Scotland's environment, enabling the Trust to plant new native trees here in Duddingston and all across the country. It’s great that local people are given the opportunity to both enjoy and learn about the outdoors and we’re thrilled to be celebrating their achievements with them today and for years to come.”
Find out more about the project, apply for free trees to plant in November and view the Royal Record at www.jubileewoods.org.uk.