Hopeman Primary pupils planting trees for the Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen has sent a message to Moray residents involved in planting trees ahead of her platinum jubilee celebrations.

The 95-year-old, whose six decades on the throne will be officially marked on June 2, said: “I am deeply touched that so many community groups, schools, families and individuals have made their own unique contributions to the Green Canopy Initiative.”

Thousands of trees and saplings have been planted within Moray and Banffshire over the course of the last year.

A dozen community groups plus 21 schools and nurseries have taken part in the initiative.

Princess Anne also joined in last month, planting an oak tree in Duffus with the help of the children at the Earthtime Nursery.

Seymour Monro, the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, said: “It’s been a real joy to be with all the happy, smiling children as we’ve planted various types of trees around the region.

“The Lieutenancy teams have also hugely enjoyed visiting schools and talking to lots of enthusiastic children.