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:
Downy Birch
Little Hill Primary School
LE18 2GZ

Years 3 and 4 of Little Hill Primary School in Wigston, Leicestershire, played a key role – from start to finish – in the project to plant a Diamond Jubilee tree in the grounds.

The project was very much a collaboration between the school and Kate Aucott, an Oadby and Wigston Tree Warden, and involved several meetings between her and teacher Maggie Osborne to discuss ideas and plan the occasion.

At an early stage, Years 3 and 4 were asked what kind of tree it should be. After a great search through the possibilities, they decided on a downy birch, also known as white birch (Betula pubescens).

The site chosen for the Jubilee tree was at the front of the school where it would be in full public view and therefore easy for passers-by to see.

As part of the preparation for the big event, the children were encouraged to write poems, inspired by a calendar of trees in the area, produced a few years ago by Oadby and Wigston Tree Wardens with photographs and poetry contributed by other schools and members of the public.

On 4th July 2013, the evening before the tree planting, Maggie Osborne’s arboriculturist husband, Mark, dug the hole, ready for the children to set to work with spades the following day.

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