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Muster Green in Haywards Heath got its name following a Civil War battle in 1642 when the Parliamentarians routed a small Royalist force. The whole surrounding area is now a Conservation Area.
With its traditional ornamental flower beds, the enchanting green, bordered by Victorian and Edwardian houses and with the War Memorial at its apex, forms an impressive entrance to this West Sussex town. It has 48 listed buildings and one of the oldest, built in the 16th century, is the Sergison Pub which overlooks the green.
We wanted young people to be involved in planting the commemorative tulip tree on the green, so students from Oathall Community College who specialise in horticulture were invited to help and they were delighted to take part to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The students, along with members of the In Bloom Committee, town councillors and the public, met at the Town Hall on Friday 23rd November 2012.
The council had laid on refreshments for everyone’s arrival. Town Councillor Sandy Ellis, Chairman of Haywards Heath in Bloom, and Tree Warden Alan Colgate gave a short presentation to the students about the event. All then made their way to Muster Green where they met the town council’s grounds staff team who explained to the students how the tree should be planted and guided them through the process.
Haywards Heath Town Mayor, Councillor John Sabin, attended to thank everyone for their hard work and for marking this marvellous event.
The students said: “We are studying for a Level 2 Land Based and Environmental Diploma, based at Oathall Farm, and take a keen interest in the living world around us. Looking after our planet is very important and planting a tree is a symbolic way of respecting our environment for the future.
“We heard about the devastation of the Great Storm in 1987, and learnt about all the replacement trees on Muster Green and its history. We are looking forward to seeing ‘our’ tree thrive and like every visitor to our town, see it grow into a fine specimen for all to enjoy.
“By planting our own tree, we have made our own piece of history marking the 60-year Jubilee celebrations of our most wonderful Queen.”
Representing the community college were John Blackholly, Head of Work Related Learning and Diploma; Howard Wood, Head of Oathall Farm; Carole Ransom, in-class support teacher; and Year 11 students Rosanna Curtis, Henry Langridge, Bradley Manville, Matthew Prentice, Katie Russell, Ben Simmonds and Ellie Tijou.
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