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Mud, mud, glorious mud...

Tuesday was a great day for ducks, and for planting trees. The constant rain, not to mention the mud, did not deter children from Boston West Academy's Eco Club from helping out with planting trees on land off Sleaford Road in Boston.

Mayor Cllr Colin Brotherton helps children from Boston West Academy plant a tree in the pouring rain.

Borough Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton, donned wellies and waterproofs and joined in, using his expertise as a former farmer to quality check the children's work.

Around 40 fruit trees were set out on an area near Boston Tennis Centre as part of the Boston Community Orchard Project.

The trees were apple, pear, plum, gage and damson and included traditional varieties such as Peasgood, Nonsuch and Greengage.

The Sleaford Road orchard is one of nine sites which have benefitted from support from Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Health and Well being Fund.

The project aims to promote fruit growing and encourage wildlife. It also forms part of Boston's efforts to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and is part of Boston in Bloom activities.

The key stage two children, known as Eco Warriors, joined in the soggy and muddy enterprise as part of their ongoing community link with Boston Borough Council, especially in relation to Boston in Bloom.

Boston West Academy planted more than 60 native British trees of its own this week. The trees were supplied by the Woodland Trust and contained one special Royal Oak tree sapling as part of the Jubilee Woods project to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. They were planted all the way round the perimeter of a new school playing field.

The academy is also taking part in the Conservation Foundation's Great British Elm Experiment and planted its Elm sapling this week and registered it on the Foundation's website.