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By Donald Turvill
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Jubilee initiative off to a tree-mendous start
QUEEN'S TREE . . . left to right: Lord Leiutenant Fiona Armstrong, head gardener Brian McAviney and council leader Elaine Murray

TREES have been planted across Dumfries and Galloway as part of the launch of a nationwide initiative for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is inviting people across the UK to “plant a tree for the jubilee” ahead of celebrations marking Her Majesty’s seven decades on the throne next year.

Last week councillors and lord-lieutenants gathered in the region’s greenspaces as the mass planting got underway.

In Dumfries’ Dock Park, Fiona Armstrong, lord-lieutenant of Dumfries and council leader Elaine Murray were doing the honours.

And at Market Hill in Castle Douglas, the planting was undertaken by Matthew St Clair, the Lord Sinclair, lord-lieutenant of The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and depute council leader Rob Davidson.

Fiona Armstrong said: “Dumfries and Galloway has always been a leader in growing trees and we already boast some remarkable woodlands. But what better way to honour our Queen by going even more ‘green’. This is an ambitious and exciting project that will not only enhance our towns and countryside but help in the effort to combat climate change.”

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Guiding groups, villages, schools and businesses are being encouraged to plant trees from this month when the tree planting season begins.

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