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Ashley Infant School pupils help plant latest trees for the Queen's platinum jubilee



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PRIMARY pupils dug in to help plant the latest of 50 trees added around New Milton so far this year in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The town council has overseen the planting of species including hawthorn, beech, crab apple, and flowering cherry as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project to mark her 70-year reign.

It has also been continuing its own Plant a Tree Initiative in which people can choose species and locations from an online list and map.

Cllrs David Hawkins, Geoff Blunden and Robery Murrow with Ashley Infant School pupils Grace Bryant and Oliver Tubbs, and head teacher Sarah Dibben (photo: New Milton Town Council)
Cllrs David Hawkins, Geoff Blunden and Robery Murrow with Ashley Infant School pupils Grace Bryant and Oliver Tubbs, and head teacher Sarah Dibben (photo: New Milton Town Council)

Ashley Infant School youngsters Grace Bryant and Oliver Tubbs joined town councillors for the recent planting at the newly-refurbished play park on Ashley Recreation Ground.

Amenities committee chairman Cllr Geoff Blunden worked alongside the pair before presenting them with certificates of achievement.

“I am pleased that Oliver and Grace were able to plant this tree today as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project and in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations,” Cllr Blunden said.

“I hope they see this Hawthorn tree grow to maturity in the coming years and remember this special day.”

The council vowed planting trees remains a priority, saying they benefit the environment, wildlife and biodiversity in various green spaces.

All trees added during this planting season and later in the year as part of the Plant a Tree initiative and annual tree replacement programme will be recorded on the Queen’s Green Canopy map.

As reported in the A&T, a special jubilee tulip tree was recently planted on New Milton’s recreation ground by town mayor Cllr Keith Craze and his consort Cllr Madalaine Craze.

Plant a Tree Initiative application forms and maps can be found at https://bit.ly/3yszpDC and the Queen’s Green Canopy map is at queensgreencanopy.org



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