Slideshow: Green-Fingered team plant over 20,000 trees in world record attempt

PUBLISHED: 15:35 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:44 06 May 2010

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A GREEN-FINGERED team of 100 St Albans district volunteers tried to smash the world record for the largest number of trees planted in an hour last weekend. Harpenden and Wheathampstead Explorer Scouts, Verulam Secondary School sixth-formers, St Albans Sea

A GREEN-FINGERED team of 100 St Albans district volunteers tried to smash the world record for the largest number of trees planted in an hour last weekend.

Harpenden and Wheathampstead Explorer Scouts, Verulam Secondary School sixth-formers, St Albans Sea Cadets and Harpenden Air Cadets were just a few of the groups involved in the world record attempt on Saturday at The Woodland Trust's Heartwood Forest in Sandridge.

The team planted 20,326 trees between 11am and midday on Saturday (5) - well above the previous world record of 18,400 trees - but Derry council in Northern Ireland, who were attempting to break the same record, came out on top after successfully planting just over 26,000.

Chief executive of the Woodland Trust Sue Holden congratulated the Heartwood Forest team and added: "We have achieved all of this in just one hour - if we can do all this in 60 minutes, imagine what we can do together in the future. Today is just the start of a great journey to a better future for all of us.

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