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Planting Trees for SI Centenary and the Queen’s Canopy

Trees are essential life partners for all of us as they provide oxygen, food, shelter, medicine, and beauty in the environment. Two events have taken place recently in BCP to mark the planting of trees, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Bournemouth (SIB) to recognise both the centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021 and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

On June 17th HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell, the Chairman of BCP Council, Cllr Nigel Hedges, Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, David Kelsey and SIB members came together at St Peter’s Primary School with the Head Teacher, staff, and pupils to celebrate the planting of fifteen trees as part of their ‘greening up’ project.


On June 21st a similar event took place with HM Lord-Lieutenant, Chairman of BCP Council, Mayor and Mayoress of Poole, Cllr Tony Trent and Mrs Anne Trent, SIB, and SI Poole members at Poole High School, attended by the Head Teacher, staff, Governors and pupils to mark the planting of 30 trees on their site.



Secretary of SIB who organised the initiative, Gail Thomas, said of the events:

“What a wonderful opportunity to hear from the children about how the trees that we funded fit into their green plans and how much they value the contribution. Both days were glorious; St Peter’s choir sang the ‘Jubilee Song’, and Poole High’s sang the National Anthem, both with gusto in the sunshine before all the dignitaries shared some thoughts and HM Lord-Lieutenant unveiled the plaques. Thanks to all who attended and especially to Ben Doyle and David Motte at St Peter’s and Paul Gray and Sam Bury at Poole High for making these excellent celebrations happen.”