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Pupils at Inverness primary school plant a tree as part of the Queen's Green Canopy project to mark her platinum jubilee in 2022

By Val Sweeney

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Pupils at Merkinch Primary School have planted a Betula Zwitsers Glorie.
Pupils at Merkinch Primary School have planted a Betula Zwitsers Glorie.

Pupils at an Inverness school have planted a tree to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.

Merkinch Primary School is one of 70 schools across the country to receive a celebration tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) project which invites people across the UK to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee".

The tree, a Betula Zwitsers Glorie, was planted during a ceremony at the school where a new building opened last year.

Pupils and staff were joined by Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael and Lord-Lieutenant for Inverness, Mr James Wotherspoon.

Provost Carmichael was delighted to take part in the ceremony.

She said: "It was wonderful to have the opportunity to tour the new school and to meet more of the children who are delighted with such an amazing campus to learn and have fun in."

Headteacher Jillian Kean said pupils and staff were delighted to accept the special gift of the tree.

"The tree will make a lovely addition to our new school building and will be cherished by our pupils who have agreed to look after the tree on behalf of the city of Inverness," she said.

The Queen and Prince Charles began the official planting season for the project at Balmoral earlier this month.

The QGC’s education programme, which seeks to inspire young people as future custodians of Britain’s green spaces, forests and woodlands, was also unveiled at the same event.

Working with the Royal Forestry Society and the Scottish Forestry Society, the QGC has created a special edition of the Junior Forester Award for jubilee year, , which will be made available to schools nationwide.

It aims to inspire knowledge of the benefit of trees and equip young people with the ability to help in community woodland management.

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