Children have helped get Wharfedale’s Royal Diamond Jubilee celebrations off to an environmentally-friendly start.

Pupils from Pool-in-Wharfedale C of E Primary headed down to the Recreation Ground yesterday morning to plant a Jubilee Copse.

The scheme, driven by honorary citizen Harry Wardman on behalf of Pool Recreation Ground Manag-ement Committee, involved planting 100 trees provided by The Woodland Trust.

Committee chairman Richard Parker said: “It was nice to get the schoolchildren involved in what was the first actual Jubilee project that's under way in the village, and they all got a chance to plant or dig.

“We are asking people to sponsor the copse itself, to the tune of £3 per person, to help us cover the costs of the fencing and setting the project up.”

Pool Feast – whose committee Mr Parker also chairs – on Tuesday, June 5, will be the focal point for more celebrations, including a family-focused fun afternoon, to mark the Queen’s 60 year reign. Street parties and barbecues are also being planned, and the Parish Council is supporting a Jubilee Dance which will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday, June 2.