Eilidh plants tree at Boddam Community Council event

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Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford officiated at Boddam Community Council’s recent tree planting day by planning a Royal Oak to commemorate the Queen’s jubilee year.

The SNP MP was invited to plant the sapling, which was grown on the Royal Estate at Balmoral, by the community council as part of its efforts to plant several hundred trees around the local recreation park.

Local councillors Stuart Pratt, Stephen Smith and Tom Malone also attended to show support for the event, which saw a large number of volunteers turn out to help.

Commenting, Dr Whiteford MP said: “It was a great honour to be asked by the Community Council to plant their Royal Oak and I hope the sapling survives the onset of the Buchan winter.

“I’m sure the organisers must have been gratified by the number of people who turned out on the day to lend a hand with the planting of various kinds of tree around the recreation park.

“Councillor Stuart Pratt was a particularly enthusiastic helper who had planted a dozen trees before I arrived.

“It’s good that Boddam has a go-ahead Community Council and I commend it and the volunteers who turned out for their community spirit and putting something back into the community.”

Commenting on the success of the event, community councillor Liz Moir told the Buchanie: “We had good turnbout for the tree planting including helpers from Peterhead Air Cadets and Boddam Playgroup

“We were delighted to have Dr Whiteford along to help plant the Royal Oak to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee as well as Councillors Stephen Smith, Stuart Pratt and Tom Malone.”