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Boyndie Trust plants trees for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

By Kyle Ritchie

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The Boyndie Trust has planted trees to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

With the help of service users, it has planted a Himalayan birch and Japanese cherry in the grounds of its visitor centre near Banff.

It also has 100 trees on order from the Woodland Trust to be grown around its land.

Service users and staff at the Boyndie Trust have planted trees to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Service users and staff at the Boyndie Trust have planted trees to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Louise Davison from the trust said: "For the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we have planted out two trees – a Himalayan birch and Japanese cherry with the help of our service users here at Boyndie.

"We are delighted with this idea, especially since Storm Arwen blew down so many of our trees around the grounds and indeed across the country as a whole.

"For the Queen's Green Canopy project the two trees are then registered on its website. This is a great initiative which is so important to our climate.

"We also have 100 trees on order from the Woodland Trust to be planted out around the grounds at Boyndie."

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates are encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC is encouraging planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.

The Boyndie Trust provides development and job coaching for adults with additional special needs, together with creation of employment for the area.

Its visitor centre, a former Victorian school buildling, is home to a range of successful enterprises including a destination restaurant, gift shop, garden centre, workshops, and office space for the trust and another local charity.

They provide voluntary training opportunities for unemployed people and also paid employment. Products from the workshops are sold on-site.

The trust runs on social enterprise principals and every aspect of daily running at the visitor centre, which includes retail, catering, crafts, gifts and horticulture, is broken down into development opportunities for those in training placements, with a team of specialist job coaches and training leaders assisting and facilitating.

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