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On a very wet New Year’s Eve, more than 50 people turned out to help plant a Diamond Jubilee hornbeam near St Mary’s Church in the tiny village of Upton Scudamore in Wiltshire. The village has a long and continuous history of good husbandry of trees as well as support for the Royal Family in the parish and the community spirit this has helped to sustain.
The tree planting ceremony was led by Mrs Freda Akers and Mr Mike Shergold, who are the oldest and longest-serving members of our community.
Many family groups, couples and individuals joined in, along with members of the parish council. The children, in particular, enjoyed the gingerbread trees Sue Mack had baked especially for the occasion. We also received messages of support from people not able to join in on the day, and at least 10 more went along on the days that followed to play their part, reported Tree Warden John Spencer, the main organiser of the project.
Huge thanks, he said, go to the parish council, neighbouring landowner Keith Dowley, the preparation gang of Alan Beswick, Brian Etherington and Alan Merrills, Ken Welch for the photographs, and to everyone who turned up and made a most memorable village occasion.
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