Jubilee tree planting project hailed a success as 100,000th sapling is planted in North East Lincolnshire
WHAT a tree-mendous success!
The last of 100,000 trees have been planted in various North East Lincolnshire beauty spots.
Around 60 volunteers planted 3,000 trees with North East Lincolnshire Council and the local In Bloom teams at Cleethorpes Country Park.
It was the last of several planting sessions which took place over four months at the Country Park, Grimsby's Freshney Park and Westward Ho and Spring Street and Comb Briggs in Immingham – totalling 60 acres.
Ecologist at North East Lincolnshire Council Mike Sleight said: "So many people have supported this that we ran out of trees in the end! It was a great day, and a fantastic way to end the project. Everyone enjoyed themselves and got stuck in.
"This is a legacy for our children and grandchildren who will get so much enjoyment from seeing them grow."
It was part of a national initiative to plant six million trees for the Jubilee Woods project in celebration of the Queen's 60 year reign.
On March 28, Mike Sleight and fellow NELC officer, Theresa James, who headed the project, will go to Buckingham Palace to celebrate its success.
Cleethorpes In Bloom chairman Bob Callison is thrilled with how well the project has gone, which united Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes In Bloom teams.
He said: "It has been absolutely tremendous. People have turned out in all weathers, the first we did was under umbrellas, then came the snow and the ice but we persevered and we have all had a really good time.
"This is all for the children and then their children. They will see them grow, they will pick their fruits and breathe the oxygen they produce and they will enjoy their natural beauty.
"I am extremely proud of everyone who took part."
Among the volunteers were youngsters doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award and members of the Cleethorpes Rotary Club.