Duns Primary and High Schools – Queens Green Canopy tree planting successes !
Throughout 2022 we are all being encouraged to plant trees as part of the Queens Green Canopy tree planting initatve, a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to commemorate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. This week saw trees planted at both Duns Primary School and Berwickshire High School as part of the Queens Green Canopy.
The P6 children at Duns Primary School came out in force to plant trees, undaunted by another extremely windy day. Led by the team of volunteers from the Heart for Duns garden project, ‘Keeping Duns Blooming Marvellous’, and co-ordinated by Candy Philip, everyone successfully planted 20 large trees. Species planted were Lime, Birch, Rowan and Wild Cherry. These were planted along the roadside in front of the Primary School building and the car park. The trees were all very kindly donated by local residents. The trees will, in time, provide a wonderful row of trees on the approach to Duns, along Langtongate. The planting was an opportunity to encourage the children to learn about trees and understand how the environment, the insect world and wildlife all benefit from trees.
On the same day, across the road at the Berwickshire High School, part of the ScoUsh Borders Educational Partnership, there was hectic tree planting activity also. SBEP represented by Linda Craig, and their management and grounds maintenance team from Amey, led and coordinated by Ross Cleghorn, also planted a further 18 large trees as part of a screening and landscape planting around the school car park and the sports pitches.
With everyone braving the unpleasantly strong wind on the day, an excellent demonstration of community support, teamwork and enthusiasm saw the plantings go smoothly and successfully.
Jeanna Swan, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire and her Vice LL Harry Frew attended and assisted with the plantings. The Berwickshire Lieutenancy are instrumental in promoting the Queens Green Canopy planting initiative across the county.