Royal planting

Pupils from Wheldon Infants with the civic trust planting a tree for jubilee celebration.

Pupils from Wheldon Infants with the civic trust planting a tree for jubilee celebration.

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GREEN-fingered youngsters at a Castleford school have planted a special royal tree sapling to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The oak sapling – grown from an acorn on a royal estate – was bought for Wheldon Infant School by Castleford Civic Society and planted on the school playing field by members of the school’s eco-group, helped by society members.

Headteacher Tracey Lake said: “It was a lovely day, the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“We feel very honoured and privileged the society chose to donate the royal oak to our school and hopefully it will encourage the children’s outdoor learning opportunities and teach them more about the environment.

“We have started teaching the children about the diamond jubilee and the tree will do a wonderful job of putting the celebration into context.”

The civic society bought the tree from the Woodlands Trust, which aims to have six million trees planted in 2012 – as part of the Jubilee Woods Project – to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Sandra Wright, society chairwoman, said: “We have always donated bulbs and young trees to Wheldon Infant School because they have an eco-group which promotes an understanding of nature and preservation of the environment.

“But this is a special tree and we thought it was important for the children to plant it so they could come back in later life and remember the year of the diamond jubilee.”