Ceremonial tree planted to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee

Posted on: Friday, March 11, 2022

A beautiful new plum tree has been planted in the ancient orchard at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark as part of a unique national tree planting initiative created to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the initiative encourages planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

The brand new plum tree aptly named ‘’Jubilee’ was planted by Newark and Sherwood District Chairman Councillor Penny Rainbow at a special ceremony on Friday 11 March. A plaque was also added to commemorate the planting of the tree.

Other new fruits trees have been planted at the site and in the autumn spring bulbs including crocus, snowdrops and bluebells will be added. It’s hoped that the orchard can develop into a peaceful spot with a secluded feel and has been left to feel very natural to encourage wildlife.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and businesses have been encouraged under the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme to play their part in enhancing the natural environment by planting trees.

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy has consulted forestry experts to create a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the UK to highlight the importance of these woodlands and how to look after them. All these woodlands must be actively managed, which means they are being looked after in the right way.

The Queen’s Green Canopy will also be identifying 70 Ancient Trees to be part of a special project to grow new trees by propagation. This will be the start of a larger project to propagate material from many of the UK’s most important Ancient Trees, to ensure that the genetic resource is conserved even when the trees themselves have died.

Newark and Sherwood District Chairman Councillor Penny Rainbow was assisted with the planting by volunteer park rangers. She said: “It’s an honour to be planting a brand new tree as part of the terrific Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

“It’s an opportunity for us to create a long lasting legacy to celebrate her Majesty’s service to the country and one future generations can enjoy.

“I hope everyone will enjoy the beautiful space created today to reflect on all that Queen Elizabeth has done for our country as well as being able to use the space to relax and enjoy nature.”