Volunteers dig deep to mark the Jubilee

Young Rangers on the Coast with one of the newly planted trees. Left to right: Young Rangers Erik, Matthew and Edward with Martin Togher from the Seahouses Youth Project.
Young Rangers on the Coast with one of the newly planted trees. Left to right: Young Rangers Erik, Matthew and Edward with Martin Togher from the Seahouses Youth Project.

COASTAL volunteers in north Northumberland have planted trees to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Young Rangers on the Coast were in Seahouses planting trees.

North Sunderland Parish Council bought six Swedish Whitebeam trees, one for each decade of the Queen’s reign and agreed that they should be planted alongside the cycle path near Kings Field.

The parish council asked if the Young Rangers would be able to plant the trees, and they were happy to help out.

Coun Geoffrey Stewart, chairman of the parish council said: “The parish council thought that planting these trees would be a fitting way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and would provide a lasting reminder of the occasion.

“We are very grateful to the Young Rangers for agreeing to plant the trees. A plaque will be erected alongside the trees to commemorate the jubilee”.

Iain Robson, from the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, said: “The Young Rangers were very happy to help out.

“Although Swedish Whitebeam isn’t a native species, they do produce many berries in the autumn which will be enjoyed by migrating birds arriving in Seahouses after a long crossing of the North Sea.

“After a well-earned lunch of fish and chips, the Young Rangers returned to their Quarryfields site and planted a further fifty smaller trees.

“These trees were provided by the Forestry Commission and Northumberland County Council, when the Young Rangers won a Love Northumberland award last year.”

The Young Rangers on the Coast are seeking new recruits. If you are aged between 13 and 20 and are interested in the environment, contact Shirley Wright at the Seahouses Youth Project on 01665 721960 or shirley.wright@seahouses.org