THOUSANDS of young people have taken part in the The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award, it has been announced. 

Nearly 40,000 children have planted trees for the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) project, launched in October last year to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

With one planting season now complete, participants from across the country have hailed the impact the special edition of the RFS Junior Forester Award has had.

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One teacher said: “The children’s engagement and connection with the outdoors is evident.

"They really loved getting hands on and look forward to the future habitat and benefit their planting brings.” 

While another said: “The children were very enthusiastic and delighted to take part in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee project and suggested that a plaque should be displayed.

"The school council is designing the plaque, which will be revealed during our Jubilee party in June.” 

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From the 39,523 children and young people already taking part, the response has been equally joyful. Ava, five, said "I like being outside in the sunshine, looking at objects I wouldn't normally notice." 

Created in partnership with The Queen’s Green Canopy, the special Jubilee edition of the RFS Junior Forester Award is supported by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society.

Activities are linked to Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years of service. It gives an introduction to forestry and how to assist in woodland management in schools and local communities.

It is free to sign up to and will run until the end of the next planting season in March 2023.