‘Shire is top of the tree for Jubilee plantings

Aberdeenshire is due to plant more trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee than any other region in Scotland.

A total of 7050 trees have been planned in the region to mark the Monarch’s 60- year reign.

This towers over the nearest contender, Fife, which plans to plant 3900.

The planting campaign comes as part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods project, which is marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by planting six million trees across the UK this year.

The packs are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The trust handed out free tree packs to 61 schools and community groups in Aberdeenshire.

Glasgow was second with 43 groups selected for the project.

Over 60,000 new trees are planned for across Scotland.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “We believe that life is better with trees, so it is really satisfying to be able to help so many groups across Scotland improve their local environment, thanks to the fantastic support of funders including players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Planting trees is an activity that everyone can get involved in, so it is a great way to mark the Jubilee.

“The groups are planting trees for a wide range of practical reasons, from adding shelter to a windy playground to providing pollen for bees and enhancing the local landscape.”

Other groups include Borders beekeepers planting trees to support their apiaries, a community association in Argyll which is restoring a wood created in 1953 ago to mark the Coronation, and a school eco-group in Arbroath who are creating natural shelter for their windy playground.

Schools and community groups can apply for a free tree pack for planting this November. Groups can choose between packs of 30, 105 or 420 saplings, depending on how much space they have to plant.

Apply online at: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees