Tree planted in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh

A tree has been planted in celebration of the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Craig Boufaied and Peta Jackson, students at Manor Academy and College, Sale, planted the tree today [Thursday 10 June] as a living legacy to Prince Philip and his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme. Also in attendance was Trafford Mayor Cllr Laurence Walsh, Mark Adlestone OBE DL – Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester – and Nicky Young and Phil Sanders of the DofE scheme.

Prince Philip died on 9 April at the age of 99. The 10th of June would have been his 100th birthday.

Mayor Cllr Walsh said:

“The Duke of Edinburgh was a great lover of nature. He was a former president of the WWF and so it is entirely fitting that his life is celebrated through the planting of trees.

Here in Trafford, we really value the importance of the environment. Planting more trees are not just a great thing to do for our planet but they are also vital for our health and wellbeing.
I hope this tree is well looked after and can be cherished by future generations of students at the school.”

Mr Adlestone, a former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, said:

“It was wonderful to be here and see the students take part in the tree planting. The DofE is open to people of all backgrounds and can help raise young people’s aspirations for the future. It would be a fitting tribute to the Duke that many more students take part and earn their award.”

Nicky Young, Operations Officer at DofE, added:

“This is a great tribute to a great visionary. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has benefited thousands of young people in our region across the years. They learned the value of exercise, team-building and voluntary work – all vital attributes that also benefit our communities.

A further 1,000 trees will be planted throughout Greater Manchester in December – the most optimum time for planting – as a further tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Posted on Thursday 10th June 2021