PUPILS from Tudor Grange Primary Academy helped plant a collection of new trees at Meon Vale to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Five large sapling apple trees were donated by St Modwen Homes and planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), a national planting initiative to mark this year’s Platinum Jubilee,which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
The QGC seeks to highlight the significant value of trees and woodlands, with a focus on planting sustainably, to create a legacy in honour of The Queen which will benefit future generations.
Pupils from Tudor Grange also received a special outdoor lesson about wildlife from Milly Robinson, from the site’s ecological consultants Tyler Grange.
Suki Powar, principal at Tudor Grange, said “Our pupils have been involved, through a first-hand memorable experience, not only in the planting of the apple trees but also learning about the basic structure of apple trees as a flowering plant.
“The children asked ecologist, Milly Robinson lots of questions which helped them to develop their understanding. This has been a unique opportunity for our pupils to actively be involved in the development of their local community and grow up alongside the trees they have planted.”
Coun Manuela Perteghella, district councillor for Meon Vale, said: “It was wonderful to attend the Queen’s Green Canopy celebration with the children of our local school. The apple trees are also a heritage reference to the ancient fruit orchards which once dotted the landscape of surrounding villages. I’m delighted that a new community orchard has been created here at Meon Vale.”
Andrea Clarke, residential portfolio manager at St. Modwen Homes, said: “The trees will go on to create a legacy for this momentous year for The Queen, and benefit future generations at Meon Vale – supplying them with delicious apples to enjoy in years to come.”