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Nadine Coyle in tree world record

Nadine Coyle
The Girls Aloud star is mucking in to plant trees in her hometown

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle is swapping her high heels for wellies as she attempts to break a tree planting world record in Londonderry.

She will be joined by Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland (CVNI), firemen, athletes and as they try to break the Guinness World Record for the most trees planted on one site, in one hour.

The event will take place on Saturday 5 December at 1100 GMT at Gransha Park as part of National Tree Week and the BBC's Breathing Places Tree O'Clock Campaign.

Nadine Coyle will be mucking in and kicking off the proceedings at the park - the team have a target of 23,000 trees being planted by 100 people in one hour.

The total needs to be more than 18,124, the current record, held by a team of school children, the Forestry Commission Scotland, and BP staff in Aberdeenshire.

Derry tree planters will compete against English teams in Essex and Hertfordshire to try to beat the world record.

There are hundreds of events taking place across the country, and you can organise your own or get involved by planting at home

Record breaking

Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland is recruiting from their teams across Northern Ireland.

They are actively looking for the strongest, fastest, tree planters in the north west to make up the rest of the crew.

Ivan Black from the CVNI said to Gransha Park is the ideal place for the record attempt.

"Derry is the city of oaks, the clue is in the name, Doire Columcille."

"We want to create a new woodland, using young oaks, some of which started their lives as acorns in Gransha, now the baby Derry oaks are coming home."

If you want to join the record breaking team contact the CVNI office in Derry on 028 7126 2664

The BBC's Breathing Places is also attempting to break two world records on Saturday.

If you can't make it to Gransha Park on Saturday, December 05, visit the website to find out the other planting locations in Northern Ireland and to read details of how you can join the attempt in your own back garden or in your community.

A limited number of tree saplings will be available free to members of the public wishing to also plant a tree on a first come first served basis with one per household.

The attempt takes place at Gransha Park on Saturday, 5 December at 1100 GMT.

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