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Community / Tree planting ceremony kicks off school project to mark platinum jubilee

Iain Tulloch (centre), depute lord lieutenant, with SIC councillor Theo Smith, chief executive Maggie Sandison and army cadets and organiser Ian Taylor (left) at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee tree planting on Monday at the Anderson High School, Lerwick. Photo: Austin Taylor

A TOTAL of 70 trees will be planted at local schools as part of a project to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – with the first transferring to Shetland soil today (Monday).

Trees will be planted at 16 different schools in Shetland – from Baltasound to Dunrossness, and from Skeld to Whalsay.

Depute lord lieutenant Iain Tulloch planted the first tree at the Anderson High School on Monday, with army cadets also involved.

Shetland Islands Council chief executive Maggie Sandison also watched on alongside children’s services director Helen Budge and education and families committee vice-chairman Theo Smith.

Georgia Smith and Paul Goddard from Shetland Amenity Trust have helped with organising what to plant at the different schools, while they also supplied the trees. The pair were on hand this morning to help the cadets plant trees.

The project is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, which encourages individuals and groups across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

The platinum jubilee marks the Queen’s 70 years of service.

From left to right: education and families committee vice-chairman Theo Smith, Iain Tulloch, depute lord lieutenant, SIC chief executive Maggie Sandison, children’s’ services director Helen Budge. Photo: Austin Taylor
Iain Tulloch, depute lord Lieutenant, plants a tree for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Photo: Austin Taylor