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Pupils create Forest of Dreams for jubilee year

Year 5 pupils and staff from William Hillyard School help create a woodland to mark the Queen's jubilee

Year 5 pupils and staff from William Hillyard School help create a woodland to mark the Queen's jubilee

Primary school pupils have planted hundreds of trees as part of a project to commemorate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Every pupil at William Hildyard Primary School in Market Deeping has planted a tree to help create a woodland in the school grounds to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The 500 trees were donated by the Woodland Trust, which aims to plant more than six million trees during the year.

The school asked pupils to come up with a name for the new area and the suggestion put forward by the Year 4 class , the Forest of Dreams, won.

Parent governor Liz Blackler said: “It was a lovely week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We had a piece of land which was covered with weeds and not being used and now it has been transformed.”

Children will be taught forestry skills in the wood.

Pupils at Brooke Priory School in Oakham also planted 60 trees, provided by Stamford Community Orchard Group, on the shores of Rutland Water.

The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and managing director of Anglian Water Peter Simpson planted the last tree during a ceremony on Friday.

The jubilee orchard has 60 varieties of English apple trees which have been planted in blossoming order so when flowering the colours will spread down the slope towards the water’s edge.

Mr Simpson said: “It’s already a popular picnic spot and we hope that by planting this lasting reminder of the jubilee we can make it even nicer for visitors.”

 

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