Rotary club plants trees for the diamond jubilee

Banchory Rotarians prepare for tree planting along with Thys Simpson from Leys Estate.
Banchory Rotarians prepare for tree planting along with Thys Simpson from Leys Estate.

Prompted by the Woodland Trust’s “Jubilee Woods” initiative, members of the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan have recently been busy planting trees.

Before ordering a free pack of 105 trees from the Woodland Trust, a suitable site had to be identified. Leys Estate were naturally quick to respond and an area next to the new rugby fields at Burn O’Bennie was chosen for the Rotary project.

Under the watchful eye and direction of the Leys Estate’s Countryside Ranger, Thys Simpson, volunteer Rotarians soon had the young saplings in the ground, staked and protected.

The trees supplied by the Woodland Trust were selected for their all year round colour, including such as silver birch, hawthorn, hazel and rowan.

There is also one “royal” oak, which was grown from seed from one of the royal estates.

Banchory Rotary first celebrated The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year by participating in the town’s activities on June 2, including providing a beacon on Scolty Tower.

The group also contributed to the “Trees for Life” project to restore the Caledonian Forest at Dundreggan, in addition to the recent Jubilee Woods planting.