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The Royal Visit 2022

Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Forest Primary School

HELPING to plant a crab apple tree were among the duties for the Earl and Countess of Wessex on their visit to Forest School yesterday.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex started their second day in the Bailiwick at Forest Primary School, where they met pupils from Forest and Le Rondin schools.

Forest and Le Rondin pupils were all very excited to meet the Royal couple. 

Mrs Sullivan said 'I think it is really important.'  ‘It is something that will stay with the children all through their lives.’

The couple took time to talk to the our pupils, who were waving Guernsey and British flags in the playground, before moving onto the school field to help with the tree planting.

Four Forest School pupils volunteered to help plant the crab apple alongside the royals, with all six of them putting several spadefuls of earth in.

The tree is one of 11 planted at the school – one to represent each class – as part of an initiative by Guernsey Trees for Life (an organisation working with all the schools across the Bailiwick to plant trees for every class in the islands – more than 400 of them).

Before leaving the school, the couple also met Ben Le Marchant, who was visiting the school with his winning design for the Bailiwick Jubilee flag.

‘I think they liked it,’ he said.