A special tree planting ceremony has taken place at Groombridge Station as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative.
The scheme is a national initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year, celebrating her 70 years of service, and will also replace some trees lost in the Great Storm of 1987.
Three Scots Pines were delivered to the planting location by train, giving passengers an on-board experience. The trees were planted at a far enough distance away from the line to not cause obstruction as they can reach up to 35m in height and can live for more than 700 years.
The aim of The Queen’s Green Canopy scheme is to protect our landscapes and to give quintessential features back to our woodlands, encouraging new life and habitats of plants, fungi, insects and other fauna.
Guests who joined the event included Wealden District Council’s chairman, Councillor Ron Reed, Wealden Conservative councillor, Johanna Howell, and Withyham Parish Council chair Diana Kelly, who are all pictured on the day.