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Fire stations plant a tree to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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Fire stations across Scotland throughout the month of May have planted a tree to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From Drumnadrochit in Highland to Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, 17 station gardens were chosen as suitable locations to plant a cherry tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Dozens of personnel have taken part in the celebrations including Green Watch firefighters in Galashiels, as well as youth volunteers from Alloa who planted in view of Stirling Castle.

Deputy Chief Officer Ross Haggart attended a ceremony at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Cambuslang National Headquarters and Training Centre. Peter Robertson and Sheona McIntyre from the SFRS Environment and Carbon team were also in attendance, along with June Anderson from Sodexo, the service’s soft facilities management contractor who helped coordinate the tree planting.

DCO Haggart said: "We are delighted to play a part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“Cherry trees have been planted at fire stations the length and breadth of Scotland and these will be a lasting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

"Many of our staff over the years have experienced the real honour of receiving The Queen’s Fire Service Medal, therefore it's very fitting for our service to mark this special occasion.

“These striking trees not only enhance our garden spaces, but demonstrate the service’s commitment to protect the environment.”

DCO Haggart added: “To mark the Jubilee, we are also issuing commemorative medals to uniformed staff who have completed five full calendar years of service. Commemorative coins are also being presented to support staff who have played an important role in protecting communities."

Many fire stations in Scotland are looking at ways to develop their outdoor spaces.

Motherwell Community Fire Station, which is one of the locations chosen for the Jubilee project, has a number of beehives. The cherry tree in Stirling will be tended to by Alloa based youth volunteers who are planning to enhance the garden area as part of their training and development.

Sheona McIntyre, SFRS Environment Officer, said: “It’s lovely to see the cherry trees being planted and they will be a great feature outside each of the participating fire stations.

“Developing our gardens not only improves the local environment, by encouraging pollinators, but it boosts wellbeing for staff who get to enjoy the space.”

Cherry trees were selected for this tribute because they are fully hardy for the Scottish climate and will provide a striking feature at fire stations.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service worked in partnership with Sodexo to plant the trees and preparations were mainly carried out by Tivoli, Sodexo’s specialist grounds maintenance partner.

Participating fire stations: Cambuslang National Headquarters and Training Centre, Galashiels, Falkirk, Stirling, Perth, Drumnadrochit, Easterhouse (Glasgow), Renfrew, Kilmarnock, *Bowmore (Isle of Islay), Motherwell, Dalbeattie, Newcraighall (Edinburgh), Dyce (Aberdeenshire), *Orkney, *Stornoway and *Shetland (*awaiting delivery of cherry tree).

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