Farnborough & Rushmoor Club's Tree Planting.

26.5.2022 To celebrate the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II 70 years on the throne . The Club's arranged to purchase 7 oak trees – one for each decade of her reign - and plant them in the line of the existing trees in King George V Playing Fields

2 June 2022








Seven sturdy oak trees for a Farnborough Park. That’s the gift from Farnborough and Rushmoor Rotary Clubs to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


For fifty years and more local Rotary Clubs have joined forces to run much loved community events at the King George V Playing Fields. Last week’s Donkey Derby made a welcome return and July next year will see the return of Music in the Park. As well as fun, the generosity of local people means many local good causes benefit – for example since 2001 Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care has benefitted from over half a million pounds.


The clubs were keen to give back to the community to recognise the value of the park has given. By happy coincidence, the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative is the perfect match for this commemoration.


Seven English Oak trees – one for each decade of the Queen’s reign – were purchased from Hilliers Nurseries in Romsey and delivered and planted in early March. The trees are a significant size and have been planted in gaps in the existing avenue of oaks from Sycamore Road to the gates of South Farnborough Junior School.


Rushmoor Borough Council and SERCO with support from both Rotary clubs helped plant the trees, and pupils and teachers from the school came along to join in the fun. Everyone is keen they have a good start, so the trees will be monitored and watered regularly, particularly through the summer.


On Thursday 26 May, the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor John Marsh, joined school staff and pupils and local Rotary members in the park for a ceremony to commemorate the Jubilee. He was particularly taken by the pupils’ efforts in decorating one of the trees with crowns and stars to celebrate the Queen’s long reign and dedication to the service of the country and Commonwealth.


The Mayor (Councillor John Marsh) said:


“These seven trees (one for each decade of the Queen’s reign) make a fitting contribution to the park and add to the Queen’s Green Canopy across the nation, marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The tree has been beautifully decorated by the pupils to help commemorate the planting of the avenue, which they will see everyday on their walk into school.”


Thanks go to Rotary South for its grant of £500, and to Rushmoor Borough Council who helped with the cost of planting the trees. It is hoped this Rotary avenue of new trees will thrive and grow to the size of the ancient oaks in the park, and be a fitting tribute to the Jubilee.


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