Blooming marvellous display for Jubilee

Howe Bridge St Michael's CE Primary School pupils Jordan McCaffrey and Jasmine Sandelands, front, and Joe Pollard, Nathan Woods and Kira Winstanley and headteacher and deputy Fiona Quinlivan and Alison Bennett at the planting of a silver birch tree, just one of 420 trees donated by The Woodland Trust to be planted around Atherton to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. With them are local councillor and school governor Sue Loudon, The Bridgers committee members Paul Seacombe, Frank May, Terry Daly and organiser Natalie Haynes and Keith Sumner, of Atherton Environmental Project
Howe Bridge St Michael's CE Primary School pupils Jordan McCaffrey and Jasmine Sandelands, front, and Joe Pollard, Nathan Woods and Kira Winstanley and headteacher and deputy Fiona Quinlivan and Alison Bennett at the planting of a silver birch tree, just one of 420 trees donated by The Woodland Trust to be planted around Atherton to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. With them are local councillor and school governor Sue Loudon, The Bridgers committee members Paul Seacombe, Frank May, Terry Daly and organiser Natalie Haynes and Keith Sumner, of Atherton Environmental Project

HOWE BRIDGE has been given a green makeover by community groups and a primary school - to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Residents’ group The Bridgers, whose projects have included transforming the green space at Colliers Corner and leading the village’s North West in Bloom challenge, ordered a pack of 420 trees from the Woodland Trust to plant in the grounds of St Michael’s C of E Primary School and around the village.

Nine organisations, including the Dorset Road Community Centre and the Probation Office in Hag Fold, snapped up the trees to bring a splash of colour to their grounds.

Pupils at St Michael’s planted a special tree, which originally came from Windsor, in the grounds of the school to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

The youngsters will also help plant around 30 trees in the school grounds, after the original planting had to be postponed due to bad weather.

They will also surround the tree from Windsor with a display of red, white and blue flowers in spring.

The trees, which include blackthorn, rowan, oak and silver birch, have been selected to ensure they benefit local wildlife as much as possible.

Natalie Haynes, a parent-governor at St Michael’s school and a committee member for The Bridgers, said: “We’ve managed to give the majority of trees away.

“We had originally planned to plant a ring of 206 trees around the perimeter of the school, one for each child who goes there.

“But the landowners around the school wanted to develop that ground themselves.

“We were a little disappointed we weren’t able to plant more at the school, but we’ve managed to get the trees all around the local area and it’s been quite successful.”