Golf club marks monarch’s reign

JUBILEE: Torphins Golf Club Members planting one of the trees. Left to right: Calvin Duffton, Anthea Atha and Iain Harker.
JUBILEE: Torphins Golf Club Members planting one of the trees. Left to right: Calvin Duffton, Anthea Atha and Iain Harker.

Torphins Golf Club have marked the Queen’s sixty years on the throne by planting over 400 saplings on the course.

The saplings will one day grow to tower over the new junior practice area and along the fairways.

The club received the seedlings from The Woodland Trust as part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods project, which is marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by planting 6 million trees across the country.

The trees planted are all native species and includes a Royal Oak sapling, which was grown from an acorn gathered from one of the Royal estates.

Club captain George Sinclair said: “We hope our trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who uses the course and the surrounding area.

It’s incredible to think in five years the trees will be as tall as us.”

Andrew Fairbairn from the Woodland Trust Scotland added: “We are delighted Torphins Golf Club are using our free scheme to plant more trees in Torphins.”

Tree planting has proven a popular way to celebrate the jubilee this year with plantings happening across Deeside and Donside.

In October, the Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster planted a young Rowan tree at the Council’s headquarters in Aberdeen’s Woodhill House.