Volunteers plant thousands of trees at Cleethorpes Country Park
SCORES of volunteers branched out and planted more than 3,000 trees in a popular resort park.
A selection of oak, chestnut and silver birch – as well as three special trees from the Queen's estate – were embedded at Cleethorpes Country Park on Saturday.
The work was part of a national initiative to plant six million trees for the Jubilee Woods project as part of the celebrations of the Queen's historic 60 year reign.
One of the organisers, Teresa James, of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "I have been to every tree planting event that we have done.
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"We have a mixture of local people helping us, including residents and the Cubs.
"We are creating a woodland for the future, which will encourage wildlife and clean living."
The project aims to create hundreds of Jubilee Woods which will transform the country's landscape and provide a lasting and meaningful tribute for many years to come.
Cub leader Dot Mercer from the 6th Cleethorpes Cubs added: "Seven of our Cubs were involved with the tree planting.
"They are working towards their community badge and are having fun at the same time.
"It is important to get children involved in healthy exercise and out learning about nature."
Cub Scout Henry Howarth, 9, of Carr Lane, Grimsby, said: "I am really enjoying planting the trees.
"It is important to help and learn about how the environment works.
"We are trying to replace all the trees that have been chopped down in the past.
"We do things like this at the Cubs all the time."
Fellow Cub Scout Jack Blight, 8, of Cleethorpes added: "I am planting the trees for the Queen. The park is really empty, so a few trees will make it look better.
"I like being outside and helping."
The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Mike Burton also dug deep and helped out.
He said: "I will always support a project like this.
"I am, after all, an environmentalist at heart.
"It is also great to see so many young people getting involved."