Plant a tree in Burnley to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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A SPECIAL event is being organised for half term and families from South West Burnley are invited to get their hands dirty.

Staff at Action for Children - the charity which runs South West Burnley Children’s Centre on behalf of Lancashire County Council - are calling on people to join them, alongside local Cub and Scout packs and the community policing team, in a tree planting session at South West Burnley Children’s Centre.

A total of 105 free trees have been donated by the Woodland Trust as part of their Jubilee Woods Project, and will form part of the centre’s celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Over 1,000 registrations were received for community packs this autumn and, as a result, more than 200,000 free trees will be planted.

Sharon Swindells, Action for Children project worker, said: “I decided to apply for the trees on behalf of the children’s centre as I thought it was a wonderful idea which would present us with a number of opportunities.

“As well as providing a great excuse to get the community together and involved in planting them, I believe the trees will help improve the local area and give us lots of chances to learn about the natural environment in future. It’s incredible to think that in just five years, our trees will be as tall as us!”

Local children and families who would like to plant a tree with South West Burnley children’s centre, are advised to come prepared with warm clothes and a pair of boots or wellies.

The community tree packs are part of the Trust’s Jubilee Woods project, which aims to plant 6 million trees by the end of 2012. With HRH The Princess Royal as patron, it is only one of a handful of projects to carry official Royal approval.