PUPILS have planted three new trees outside St Christopher's High School in Accrington as part of a Lancashire County Council green initiative.

The lime trees were planted earlier this month on Queen’s Road West to brighten up the approach to the school.

The tree planting took place with support from Hyndburn Borough Council.

The planting is part of the highways planting programme, in which 125 new trees will be planted across Lancashire this year.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council, welcomed the move. He said: “Planting schemes like the highways programme are helping improve the look of towns, cities and villages across Lancashire.

“The highways tree planting programme is proving a real success and the new trees in Accrington have really brightened up the area.”

County Councillor Malcolm Pritchard, who represents Accrington North, said: “The young people did a great job of planting these trees and they really improve the approach to St Christopher's School.”