Tree-planting in Minskip to mark jubilee

THE planting of more than 100 trees is set to take place in Minskip to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Minskip Community Field Trust (MCFT) is organising the planting of 105 trees given free by the Woodland Trust to celebrate the milestone year as well as improve the area and help increase native woodland cover.

The Minskip group is inviting anyone who would like to plant a tree to join members at the village’s Community Field entrance on Sunday, February 26, at 9.30am.

Community spokesman Eric Glegg said: “Tree-planting is a fantastic way for us to do something lasting in our local area.

“We hope our trees will help attract wildlife and make a real difference to everyone who will see them. It’s incredible to think that in just three years, our trees will be as tall as us. We’d like as many people from the community to come along and help us.”

The group recommends anyone attending the planting come prepared by wearing suitable warm clothing plus boots or wellies, and by bringing a spade.

Minskip is among hundreds of communities across the UK which are celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne by taking part in the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project.

During February, the Woodland Trust is encouraging people across the UK to come together and plant one million trees in just a month

Victoria Hodson, from the trust, said: “We are delighted Minskip Community Field Trust is using our free tree scheme to plant more trees in Minskip.

“Communities are transforming their neighbourhoods, growing their own fruits and food, creating shade and shelter, and providing new homes for wildlife.”

In total, the Jubilee Woods project hopes to have overseen the planting of six million trees by the end of 2012.