Pupils with a passion for Her Majesty the Queen lovingly planted dozens of trees to mark her 60th year on the throne.
Youngsters at Highbury Primary in Cosham have decorated their school grounds with 30 rowan and silver birch trees in the playing field, at the front and round the back of the music block in honour of the special occasion.
The saplings, which were donated by the Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens, will be a permanent token of the affection the school has for the monarch, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in June.
Jasmine Thacker, seven, says: ‘I planted two of the rowan trees, which was brilliant.
‘Even when I’m older I’ll come back to the school to see what they look like.
‘I can’t wait for the Jubilee. I hope there’s a party in my street so I can go out and celebrate with lots of people.
‘The Queen is so special and I wish she could be around for another 60 years.’
Tommy Vella, eight, says: ‘It was such a fun day, the sun was shining and everyone was happy – I’ll never forget it.
‘I helped feed and water the trees to help them grow, I’m sure they’ll look amazing years from now.
‘I’m so pleased we did this for our Queen. She is doing a great job making sure we are all okay. Without her, England would be nothing.’
He adds: ‘She’s been on the throne for 60 years – if I could do that it would be impressive!
‘If the Queen visited our school I think she would be very proud of what we’ve done to celebrate her Jubilee.’
Florence Percival, seven, adds: ‘The Jubilee is very important and it’s brilliant that our school has planted trees so that we will always remember it.
‘I think they will look beautiful when they grow.’
Eric Barker, the school’s caretaker, looked on as the youngsters planted the trees with help from the tree wardens.
He says: ‘It’s nice that our school has had the opportunity to mark the occasion.
‘It’s not often in our lifetimes that we will have a monarch who has been on the throne for 60 years!’