IT’S a once-in-a-lifetime honour – children with 100 per cent attendance have put their names to 60 trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The patriotic four to 11-year-olds at Paulsgrove Primary planted rowan, cherry and silver birch saplings in their school field to pay tribute to the stately occasion.
They were joined by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy who put a royal oak tree from one of Her Majesty’s estates in the ground.
William Evans, six, said: ‘It’s a nice way to show the Queen how much we like her.
‘My tree will take many years to grow so when I’m older I will come back and visit it, because it will have my name on it and it will remind me of a special day.’
Tegan Hartley, 11, said: ‘I love my cherry tree and I feel so proud to have been chosen to honour the jubilee.
‘Her Majesty has been around a long time and she’s been good for our country so it is right that everyone celebrates with her.
‘I’m glad I made an effort with my attendance. There was one day when I wasn’t feeling great but I came in anyway – and it paid off.’
Megan Birch, nine, said: ‘I’ve never done something for the Queen before so I feel very proud.
‘It’s nice that the whole school is feeling patriotic. We may be a long way from Buckingham Palace but we are still supporting our Queen.’
Harry Chadwick, teaching assistant, said the children would be sending a picture of the tree planting event with all their signatures to Her Majesty.
He said: ‘We’ve got a double celebration today – 100 per cent attendance and Her Majesty’s Jubilee.
‘The children are all so thrilled and they deserve to be.’
The trees were donated by The Woodland Trust which is giving away six million trees to people across the UK to celebrate the anniversary.