Hundreds of people braved bitter winds to plant young trees to mark special family occasions. They had assembled in a field in Groby in the second of a number of public plantings in the National Forest
More than 400 people planted 150 broad leaf British trees including oak, hazel, wild cherry, rowan and silver birch near to Brookvale High School, in Ratby Road,.
Hope Buzza and husband Alan from Loughborough celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary (wood) by planting an oak tree with sons Dougal, 2, and Trevelyan,4.
Mrs Buzza said: “It was a lovely idea by Alan and the boys enjoyed it before getting quite cold. It was then back to the warm car and drive home.”
Carol Rowntree Jones for the National Forest said: “People had paid £25 for the chance to plant a tree. We had around 400 people come along on Saturday morning.”
She said: “People were celebrating wedding anniversaries, simply planting trees in memory of loved ones.”
Under the scheme people can have a certificate printed. The money is also goes towards the maintenance of the trees.