Yaxham children plant oak grown from Queen’s acorn to celebrate diamond jubilee

Children had a right royal celebration when they planted a sapling grown from one of the Queen's acorns to mark her diamond jubilee.

Two green-fingered youngsters raised shovels after the Yaxham Woodlands Group donated the diamond oak, raised from acorns gathered on a royal estate, to the village's primary school as part of the jubilee woods project.

They also relocated two saplings that started life as acorns on a tree planted in the church yard for the Queen's silver jubilee.

Students composed a poem and researched facts about oaks, and told a special assembly yesterday the species has more than 600 varieties and can live for up to 1,000 years.

Chair of the school council Hollie Moore, 10, said: 'When we are all older it will still be here. It's from the Queen's oak tree – it's really cool. Our tree is part of the royal family.'

Classmate Joshua Roberts, 11, said: 'It's been quite fun to do information about trees and than do drama to explain it so it's a lot simpler for the younger ones.'

Peter Smith, from the woodlands group, urged children to protect the trees from rabbits and deer.

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He told students: 'When you are grown up you will be able to tell your children you helped plant these oaks, and maybe, just maybe, when nobody is looking you can give them a big hug.'

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