Communities dig in for the jubilee

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SCHOOLS and community groups in Northumberland have been digging in to a celebration tree planting project.

A total of 2,873 trees are being distributed in the county through the Woodland Trust, creating seven acres of new woodland.

The number is made up of 1,470 native trees that are being distributed through packs to transform community spaces, and 1,403 trees for planting by 23 schools.

The initiative is part of the Jubilee Woods project, which aims to plant six million trees throughout the UK in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Each pack provided will contain a Royal Oak sapling grown from an acorn gathered from a Royal estate.

Jubilee Woods Director Georgina McLeod said: “We are delighted thousands of communities and schools are using our free tree schemes to plant more trees in their local areas.

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

“Through tree planting schools are educating children about the benefits of trees and their importance for the environment.”

The project is supported by IKEA, ibuyeco, WHSmith, H&M and the creators of film The Lorax.

To find out more about the project, or to apply for free trees to plant in November, visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk