Tree Council Jubilee Tree:
This is one of The Tree Council’s 60 educational tree planting schemes with children that were inspired by the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Each tree, provided by The Tree Council, was chosen and planted by volunteers in the community.
Type of tree:
Copper Beech
Fernhurst Village
GU27 3EH

Fernhurst Parish Council first started organising our Jubilee Celebrations early in 2012. A Jubilee Village Party was planned for June and we also wanted to plant a tree to commemorate the occasion.

There was much discussion on the type of tree. As the oak is very common in West Sussex, a copper beech was decided upon.

The date of planting was set for 30th November during National Tree Week. Fernhurst Primary School enthusiastically agreed to get involved and all classes took part in activities related to trees during that week.

The ceremony began at 2pm on the village green and was introduced by James Cottam, Chairman of the Parish Council.

Julie Bolton, Trees and Woodlands Officer for West Sussex, gave a short talk about the importance of trees, especially for the children. There were 24 from the Reception Class and two from each of the other classes.

The children read out their poems and talked about trees with their teachers. Then they each helped Robin Barnes, the Tree Warden, to fill in the hole and plant the tree.

We were lucky: the sun shone and about 60 people attended the ceremony, including district and county councillors, Alan Hayes, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, parish councillors, the headmaster of Fernhurst Primary School and other teachers, parents, parishioners and members of the press.

Afterwards tea and biscuits were served to everyone in the Sports Pavilion. The Parent Teacher Association made splendid biscuits shaped and iced like beech leaves.

The tree has chestnut fencing around it as a safeguard whilst it is growing and a commemorative bench now stands alongside it.


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