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."

ENDS 01 June 2012

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