Bunting, flags, wellies and trowels were the order of the day when school children helped staff at the Trewithen Estate plant 30 new trees in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
There was much excitement as the children, from Probus School and Grampound with Creed School, gathered around pre-prepared holes to plant the saplings, waving their Union Jack flags and getting into the spirit of the special occasion.
Trewithen’s Head Gardener, Gary Long, said: “We wanted to do something special for the Jubilee and thought inviting local school children was a perfect way to involve the local community and a way for them to enjoy doing something that will last a long time.” Native varieties, such as ash, beech, oak and cherry tree, have been planted and will form part of a project that will see up to 500 new trees planted for the Jubilee, eventually joining up with existing woodland and helping to create a wildlife corridor around the estate.
Mel Haddy is the Head Teacher at Grampound with Creed School. She said: “We have been taking part in as many Jubilee celebrations as possible as it is really important to engage with the local community at a time like this. We haven’t visited Trewithen before but Gary’s invitation was one we couldn’t turn down and it is a lovely event to be a part of. This won’t be our last visit as we really want to take the children on the Champion Trees trail and visit the red squirrels.”