Students at New College Leicester welcomed Rupert Matthews, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to the campus recently to take part in a tree planting ceremony to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in response to an appeal from The National Trust.
The pear tree, donated by the Woodland Trust, will serve as a living legacy, honouring her Majesty’s leadership over the past 70 years and will benefit wildlife and future generations for years to come. Part of the larger scale planting projects taking place under the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, NCL students were proud to be involved and in doing so help to provide homes for wildlife, tackle climate change and improve the natural environment at the college.
Commenting on his visit Rupert Matthews said: “It was a great pleasure to plant a tree at New College Leicester for the Queen’s Jubilee. Many thanks to the students who clearly understood planting sustainably and the positive environmental impact which will benefit future generations.”
In addition to planting a commemorative tree, the students used the opportunity to bury a time capsule which had been put together by the whole school community. It’s hoped that the students of the future will learn much about our way of life in 2022 when they unearth the box. Its contents will provide evidence of the lives of ordinary people, their pastimes, their way of life, their hopes and dreams. This is a fantastic way to communicate with the future.
Lilly a year 7 student comments: “Planting a tree and a time capsule are such fitting things to do to mark this momentous occasion. It has been so much fun being involved in this and all of the activities the school are doing for the Queen’s Jubilee.”
Year 8 student, Muhammad adds: “To mark the Queen’s Jubilee by burying a time capsule and planting a pear tree has been an absolute pleasure.”