Lumphanan pupils help plant activity park tree

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The children of Lumphanan Primary School had a great time planting Deeside Activity Park’s Jubilee Woodland with the help of Charlie McKay, the retired janitor for Lumphanan and his 46 year old spade along with tree expert Gordon Isles.

Deeside Activity Park were planting the Jubilee Woodland to celebrate The Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

It has been a fantastic year for the UK, hosting both the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee.

Cilla Wood, the sales and marketing manager at Deeside Activity Park was delighted with the children’s fantastic effort, in what could only be described as tough terrain and thanked E&M Lees for providing free transport to the Park.

Ken Howie added: “It will be nice to see the children returning from time to time to see how their trees are growing.”

Lumphanan has been on the go for a very long time. Possibly its most famous visitor was King Macbeth in 1057, almost one thousand years ago.

When the Steam Railway came through to Aboyne in 1859, Lumphanan was an important stop on the Deeside Railway Line for another Royal visitor - Queen Victoria would travel on this line to get to Balmoral Castle.

For 100 years the railway was successful, but was sadly was closed in the early 1960s.

In 2003, Deeside Activity Park was opened, and has become a popular stopping point for travelling folk. Next year, the park will celebrate 10 years on the current site.

At the moment staff at the park are looking into what they can do to mark the tenth year anniversary and they would like to hear your thoughts.

Send any potential suggestions to Cilla Wood at: