Plant a tree for jubilee

High Tunstall College of Science pupils, staff and members of the Hartlepool Rotary Club who planted a selection of trees around the college fence to mark the Queen's Jubilee

High Tunstall College of Science pupils, staff and members of the Hartlepool Rotary Club who planted a selection of trees around the college fence to mark the Queen's Jubilee

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GREEN-FINGERED students joined Rotary Club members in planting more than 400 trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A dozen environmentally-friendly youngsters at High Tunstall College of Science, in Hartlepool, spent the day in the school’s garden and even got the chance to plant a royal oak.

The Rotary Club of Hartlepool applied to the Woodland Trust and were handed up to an acre of trees as part of a nationwide month-long campaign to plant one million trees to mark the Royal occasion.

And as part of the Rotary’s allocation they were handed a seed of an oak tree from a Royal Household Estate.

That will join the 420 other trees and a 600ft-long hedge which the students planted as part of their project.

Dave Barker, past president at Hartlepool Rotary Club, spent the day with the youngsters planting the trees and hedge.

He said the club will be applying to the Woodland Trust for more trees later this year in the hope of working on similar projects at fellow Hartlepool schools.

Mr Barker said: “The children have been absolutely fantastic.

“This is a unique opportunity for them to be involved with and in years to come it is something fantastic to look back upon.

“It also gives us the chance to work closely with the youngsters and raise awareness of the Rotary.”

Emma Watson, progress leader for world affairs at the school, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, added: “The members of the school’s Green League eco-council all took part.

“They take part in a number of projects and this one has been brilliant.

“It’s definitely something to look back upon for everyone here at the school.”