Pupils at Wisbech St Mary’s Church of England Academy have been marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting trees.

The children were joined by North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay to place the saplings as part of a project at Jubilee Wood where hundreds have been planted.

The initiative saw students from the school’s environment savers club visit the nearby privately owned wood to help plant trees donated by The Woodland Trust as part of the  Queen’s Green Canopy Project.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Schools and other organisations across the country are encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

Headteacher Jaynie Lynch said: “We’re delighted to have been a part of this brilliant project. It was lovely event and the children from our environment savers club loved planting their tree and knowing they are playing their part in helping to support the planet.”

Steve Barclay added: “It was great to join the pupils. A great idea as part of this initiative is that each tree has a tag with a number on it, so the 208 pupils feel they have ‘their’ own tree, which in the years to come will help them remember this scheme and the specific tree they feel is their tree.

“Thank you to landowner John Humphrey, headteacher Jaynie Lynch and Mark Knight for such a fantastic initiative.”