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Vandals destroy Jubilee trees

Vandals have destroyed around 80 trees planted to mark the Queen's Jubilee year, only two weeks after they were put in place. The trees were planted in Brixworth, Northamptonshire by children and their parents

Brixworth Parish Council was given 100 trees by the Woodland Trust, which they planted with help from the community in St David's recreational ground off Froxhill Crescent, Ashway recreational ground, and in Spratton Road recreational ground.

Brixworth Parish councillor Ian Barratt, who co-ordinated the scheme, said: "Someone has systematically destroyed the trees and it is such a disappointment. It is hurtful, but we won't let them win. We will re-plant more trees in the New Year."

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A Royal Feast

Video: Queen in Hitchin

Thousands lined the market square in Hitchin this morning hoping to see Her Majesty The Queen. Her visit to the town was her first stop in Hertfordshire as she continues her tour of the country.

The Queen spent time in the market square where she presented the volunteers at the British Schools Museum 'The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service'.

The Queen was then presented with a gift of lavender oil from the people of the town, made from the flowers in local fields.

Many of Hitchin's shops had closed for the day but some remained open with staff standing in the doorways and windows watching the royal visit.

Michelle White, from the nearby town of Shefford, was in the crowds. She said: "I think this is absolutely brilliant."

Another visitor to the town told us: "It was a wonderful day. It was absolutely fine and I love to see The Queen!"

After leaving Hitchin, The Queen went on to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage to officially open the new maternity ward, before heading for a private visit at Hatfield House.

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The Queen in Hertfordshire today

The Queen in Corby yesterday Credit: ITVAnglia

The Queen is in Hertfordshire today (Thurs), to continue her Diamond Jubilee tour. She'll visit Hatfield House, and the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Yesterday she enjoyed a jubilee picnic at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, before going on to Corby in Northamptonshire for a display at the Olympic swimming pool.

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