Brownies plant 60 new trees to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee year
A muddy troop of green-fingered Brownies planted trees at the entrance to a stately home in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Some 30 youngsters joined National Trust wardens Stephen Holley and Bob Mayer to dig in 60 trees at the parkland estate at Saltram House, Plympton.
The Brownies, from 1st and 4th Plympton, had wanted to take part in the Woodland Trust scheme to mark the monarch's 60 years on the throne, but could not find a venue. Fortunately the trust was able to step in and help.
The children planted hazel, holly, hawthorn and rowan as well as yew and box, all within the space of an hour.
Jane Roberts, a 1st Plympton Brownies assistant, said it was a "perfect way to remember a special year".
"The project seemed a great way to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, provide a long-term community benefit and help wildlife," she added.
After the job was finished the "slightly muddy" Brownies returned to Saltram House for celebratory refreshments, including a specially made cake.
Stephen Holley, National Trust area warden, said: "It was great to be able to work with the local Brownies, identifying a location and selecting the species.
"Everyone really enjoyed the day and hopefully the Brownies will come and re-visit the site to see the trees develop."