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To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, North Devon Council are planting 70 fruit trees in locations across the district in honour of Her Majesty's 70 years of service.

The apple, pear and mazzard trees will either create new community orchards or become extensions to existing ones at the following locations:

  • Livarot Walk, South Molton - 15 trees
  • Greenways, Ilfracombe - 15 trees
  • Rotary Gardens, Barnstaple - 15 trees
  • Yeo Valley, Barnstaple - 25 trees

Leader of North Devon Council, and local ward member for South Molton, Councillor David Worden, says: "Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has recently become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. We are proud to be able to take part in The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) initiative to celebrate the historic milestone. By focusing on planting sustainably, the trees will leave a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation." 

Chairman of North Devon Council, Councillor Julie Hunt says: "On Monday 28 February, I had the great pleasure of joining with children from Yeo Valley School in planting 25 fruit trees at Yeo Valley Woodlands in celebration of The Queen's Green Canopy. It is a great honour to plant these trees and to involve school children, not only so they learn about the Platinum Jubilee, but also about different types of trees and how they start off their journey before being planted."

Lead member for the Environment and local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "I am always glad to see North Devon Council taking part in initiatives to plant trees: it is a great way to mark significant national events, improve biodiversity and absorb carbon. At Greenways the trees will establish a small community orchard, extending the planting that took place a couple of years ago."

Local ward member for Barnstaple with Pilton, Councillor Ian Roome, says: "I am thrilled that our community is coming together and planting trees to mark this special occasion to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give homes to the local wildlife."

The QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. 

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, the QGC 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.

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