Children plant 70 trees at Burtree Garden Village in Darlington

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The CHILDREN helped plant 70 trees as part of a project to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Sixth graders from West Park Academy in Darlington planted the trees in the town’s Burtree Garden Village.

The development is being built by Hellens Group, who helped with the planting.

About 3,500 trees are planted around the borough as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project.

It is a UK-wide initiative to mark the Queen’s Jubilee this year.

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The Rotary Club of Darlington funded the trees, which will be part of a larger arboretum, which Hellens Group has pledged to provide alongside development.

Kate Hellens, General Manager of Hellens Residential, said: “With the help of Year 6 children from West Park Academy, we have planted 70 trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“The Queen’s Green Canopy project encourages everyone in the UK to plant a tree for Jubilee. The children helped us plant the trees while learning about the environment and the importance of thinking sustainably for the benefit of generations future.

“We are very happy that the Rotary Club has decided to support us in this endeavour. It is very important to involve the community in projects like this from the start.

“Hellens has big plans as part of the Burtree Garden Village, we hope to develop a large arboretum for the North of England, and the planting for the Queen’s Jubilee marks the start of that.”

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Peter Phillips, president of the Darlington Rotary Club, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the garden village project to help develop green spaces.

Phoebe, 11, a student at West Park Academy, said: “I think it’s really important, not just visually because I think it would look a lot prettier, but it’s also really helpful for the environment and to help us breathe. It also helps us commemorate the Queen and her 70 years of ruling the country.”

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