JUBILEE celebrations began at a Rustington school when children helped to plant a royal oak to mark the occasion.
Nine pupils from Georgian Gardens Primary School, in Guildford Road, planted the special sapling to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, last Monday.
Members of the school’s Green Team were armed with spades, trowels and gardening gloves to plant the oak in the grounds, in a link-up with the Woodland Trust.
Teachers Deidre Carolin and Laurence Pettitt have been heavily involved in the team’s jubilee celebrations at the school.
Mrs Carolin said: “The children have been instrumental in the planning and preparation of today’s jubilee planting.
“They’re extremely enthusiastic about the project, which is fantastic to see. They’re a real credit.”
The tree was donated from the royal estate in Windsor as part of the Jubilee Wood Project, by the Woodland Trust.
Mrs Carolin added that the sapling was the first stage of improvement work to the wooded area, on the school’s field which the team would be undertaking, this year.
“This academic year, we hope to completely transform the wooded area at the back.
“We hope to plant more trees and build a sheltered area, so during the nicer weather we can have classes outside.
“We’re also introducing more bird boxes and bat boxes into the area, which children will be able to study, as part of their science lessons.”
The school currently holds the Green Flag eco award for all the hard work by its pupils and staff.