Trees planted to remember life of Duke of Edinburgh

A DUKINFIELD college is one of 11 Greater Manchester educational establishments and youth organisations taking part in tree-planting ceremonies to mark the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

On June 10 – which would have been His Royal Highness’s 100th birthday – young DofE participants will plant trees to celebrate his memory and living legacy.

The celebration is organised by Sir Warren Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Greater Manchester Team.

At All Saints Catholic College at 12.30pm, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Sharman Birtles will help plant a tree in the grounds.

Also present will be the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper and her Consort Denis Fitzpatrick, Wing Cmdr Roy Catterall DL, Commander Janet Evans MBE DL, Lucy Danger DL, Wing Cmdr David Archibald DL, Steven Pleasant MBE Chief Executive of Tameside MBC, Phil Jones MBE Managing Director of Brother UK, representatives of the DofE North of England Scheme, together with staff and pupils from the College.

All 11 trees, gratefully donated by City of Trees, will be planted by young DofE participants, and 65 snowdrop and bluebell seeds scattered at the base of each tree to represent 65 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Since its inception in 1956 about 26,500 young people from Tameside have taken part in the scheme, helping them have fun, make new friends, improve their self-esteem and build their confidence.

The tree planting is one of a host of initiatives throughout Greater Manchester to celebrate The Duke’s DofE legacy.

The Greater Manchester Lieutenancy and associated doners are sponsoring 1,500 Bronze DofE places to help licence holders within Greater Manchester to support marginalised young people to take part in the DofE.

These include young people facing financial hardship, social exclusion, or those needing specialist support to do their Award, such as young offenders or young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

A further 1,200 trees will be planted later in the year to celebrate the life of The Duke.

The Lord-Lieutenant said: “The Greater Manchester Lieutenancy are very pleased to be able to support this important initiative for young people.

“For over 60 years The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has created a unique opportunity for young people to enhance themselves and gain self-confidence in a way that will support them for the rest of their lives.”

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