A tree-mendous 40th birthday

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SCHOOLCHILDREN planted an oak tree to celebrate 40 years of a harbour authority.

Pupils from Birdham Primary School, near Chichester, planted the tree to celebrate the birthday of Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

A total of 40 trees are being planted across the Chichester Harbour area to mark the occasion.

Rangers from the conservancy helped youngsters from Years Five and Six dig a hole, showed them how to arrange the roots and gave advice on caring for the tree as it grows.

A special medallion was hung on the tree denoting it was one of the 40 oaks for 40 years.

Siun Cranny, director of the conservancy, said: ‘We are delighted to share our celebrations with local schools, parish councils and landowners. We chose oak trees as they are an iconic part of the harbour’s precious landscape.’

The body was set up by Act of Parliament in 1971 to manage both the harbour and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The conservancy has an ongoing programme of tree planting to create new woodlands and hedgerows in the area.