Village marks Queen’s jubilee with new trees

Youngsters Alex Glegg, seven, Molly Wass, 12, Thomas Parsons, 11, Grace Parsons, nine, and Annabelle Glegg, eight, along with other volunteers in Minskip, prepare to plant a commemorative oak tree grown on one of the Queen's estates. (1202262AM1)
Youngsters Alex Glegg, seven, Molly Wass, 12, Thomas Parsons, 11, Grace Parsons, nine, and Annabelle Glegg, eight, along with other volunteers in Minskip, prepare to plant a commemorative oak tree grown on one of the Queen's estates. (1202262AM1)

VILLAGERS near Boroughbridge have begun planting more than 100 trees to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The Minskip Community Field Trust (MCFT) organised a group of around 25 volunteers who planted more than 80 of the trees in and around the village.

The planting is part of the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project which aims to have overseen the planting of six million trees by the end of 2012 to mark the Queen’s special year.

Eric Glegg, community spokesman for MCFT, said: “The volunteers were happy to be part of what’s going on nationwide.

“Our 105 trees are only a minute proportion but it’s good to be a part of it.”

Among the trees provided free to MCFT by the Woodland Trust was an oak sapling grown on one of the Queen’s estates. This has been planted near the roundabout on the Boroughbridge side of the village along with a commemorative plaque.

Of the other trees, around 50 have been planted at the back of the village church in a paddock, around 30 running down the side of a lane on an area known locally as ‘the moor’, and some more at Lazenby Moor Farm.

The remaining 20-or-so trees will be planted in the village field by the end of March once work on building foundations for a multi-use games area is completed.