A STIRLING primary school has planted a tree as part of nationwide initiative to mark the queen’s platinum jubilee.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Robin Iffla and Provost Christine Simpson joined children and staff at Broestone Primary School last week to plant the Schwartz Glory Birch Tree.

The tree, which will grow around 20metre tall and 10metre wide, is to form the centrepiece of a community garden in the school and was planted on Friday, October 8.

Pupils, parents, carers and the local community will all be involved in the project which will support the children in their sustainability and ecological learning.

The tree has been planted as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign that encourages people to plant a tree for the jubilee, which will be commemorated next year.

Headteacher Linda Dawson said: “It is a real honour for our Borestone community to be presented with the queen’s jubilee tree.

“We are all delighted and truly blessed that it stayed fair for the tree planting ceremony – it was wonderful.

“We will be working with pupils, parents and community members to create something that is for the good of the whole community.

“The children have created designs, high school pupils will be supporting us to build structures and we have some keen gardeners who are willing to support the children with their learning for sustainability and eco projects.”

Pupils had taken part in a competition to design the community garden, with the winners from each class invited to the tree-planting ceremony.

The event also featured presentations from each class that included singing and poetry, with piping provided by Stirling High School pupil, Issac Paterson.

Provost Simpson added: “I was honoured to be invited to this special event to mark the queen’s platinum jubilee and which highlighted Borestone Primary’s commitment to learning for sustainability and enhancing the local environment.

“The children’s designs for the garden were inspiring and it will be a fantastic asset for the community when completed.”