Royal help for tree-planting effort to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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The Queen has helped efforts to plant a million trees in February, as part of a bid by the Woodland Trust to plant six million trees in her Diamond Jubilee year.

The trust aims to mark the Jubilee by planting millions of trees, including new woodlands, across the UK and announced it had met its target to get one million trees in the ground in the past month.

The February planting drive was kick-started by the Queen, who was joined by the Princess Royal to plant a tree at Sandringham at the beginning of the month.

Clive Anderson, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Humble, Dermot O’Leary, a beefeater, Blue Peter and thousands of volunteers and children also planted trees.

More than 300,000 trees were planted by schools from free packs, 230,000 went to communities, 236,000 were planted in 60-acre diamond woods and smaller jubilee woods, 43,500 were planted in private gardens and more than 200,000 were planted by partner organisations and at Woodland Trust sites across the UK.

Georgina McLeod, director of the Jubilee Woods project, said: “Achieving the February million is great news and is a fantastic accomplishment to start the year.”

She said that since the project launched in February 2011, the Trust had planted 2.75 million trees, and raised £4m.