A NEW community woodland, which is part of a 22-hectare planting scheme, has been created to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

More than 400 trees have been planted at Lauder in the Scottish Border for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Celebrating her 70th year on the throne, the larger planting project on Lauder Common saw around 29,000 native trees - including alder, aspen, birch, cherry, hazel, hawthorn, holly, juniper, oak, rowan, Scots pine and willow - planted across six sites. A further 4,500 conifers were planted in another area nearby.

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The completion of the scheme - led by Scottish Woodlands - was recently marked by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who was on hand to plant the final tree. 

Michael Wilson, forest manager for Scottish Woodlands and based in Melrose, led on the project.

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He said: “It was fantastic for Scottish Woodlands to be involved in such a high-profile project to create the Platinum Jubilee Wood - as part of a broader planting scheme which will bring multiple benefits to the area.”