The 1st Mill End Scouts have been busy working the soil in preparation for one of the year’s biggest events: the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of Her Majesty’s coronation, the Woodland Trust have started the ‘Queen’s Grand Canopy’ initiative, encouraging people and organisations up and down the country to plant trees all over, as part of a long-lasting legacy of Elizabeth II’s reign.
As part of a ‘Platinum Challenge’ set to them by the larger Scouts Association, the Mill End set were donated saplings to use by the Woodland Trust. Armed with shovels, watering cans and a few helpers, they’ve set about planting them together to make a hedge.
The wide variety of native trees, which includes hazel, hawthorn, rowan, Dog Rose and crab-apple, will hopefully give the scouts a new natural habit for birds and other wildlife, as well as some privacy for their grounds.
Alex Cutmore, the 1st Mill End Scouts’ Group Leader, said: “We are so excited to start this project which is great for the environment and a good learning tool for all our young people.
“We plan on continuing the environmental theme by making watering cans out of old milk bottles, to water the trees. These will still be able to be recycled once we have finished with them. Once washed out thoroughly, of course!
“It was so great to have Cubs and Scouts working together with parents, leaders and even an expert grandad to get the trees planted. “Thank you to those who came. A great team! We can’t wait to see how the trees grow!”