Volunteers dig in to mark the Queen’s jubilee

Maureen Edwards and Beatrice Greenfield with Liddy Goyder, Richard Souter Steve Goodacer and Trisha Brutus of Friend of the earth with Tim Shortland of Sheffield City Council Community Forrestry Management begin treeplanting in Greenhill Parkon Sunday 19th Feb''www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk''19th February 2012 -  Image � Paul David Drabble
Maureen Edwards and Beatrice Greenfield with Liddy Goyder, Richard Souter Steve Goodacer and Trisha Brutus of Friend of the earth with Tim Shortland of Sheffield City Council Community Forrestry Management begin treeplanting in Greenhill Parkon Sunday 19th Feb''www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk''19th February 2012 - Image � Paul David Drabble
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VOLUNTEERS gathered to plant more than 100 new trees in a Sheffield park as part of a national project to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The event in Greenhill Park, Low Edges, saw 105 saplings planted, including blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, silver birch, rowan, common oak and a royal oak.

Sheffield Friends of the Earth are working with the Woodland Trust on its Jubilee Woods Project, to plant six million new trees during 2012.

Friends of the Earth members worked all morning under the direction of Tim Shortland, Sheffield Council’s community forestry manager, to ensure the young trees were properly situated.

The free tree pack provided by the trust is designed to create a wooded area which will be ideal for attracting wildlife.

Volunteer Maureen Edwards said: “It was a lovely day out and I finally managed to plant an oak tree, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

“The trees are next to a batch which were planted 15 years ago, so there will be a nice contrast in growth - and they will be joined by more trees which are to be planted by a local school group next week.”

The trust is also creating hundreds of new woodlands as part of its jubilee campaign, along with 60, major 60-acre woods.