Barton St David English Oak
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.
The village of Barton St David lies about 14 miles north of Yeovil and five miles south-east of Glastonbury in Somerset. The community was delighted to receive one of the 60 Jubilee Diamond Trees and an oak tree (Quercus robur) was chosen.
The planting position is near our Diamond Jubilee Wood, a 2.7 hectare field purchased to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was planted by volunteers with 800 trees and shrubs (including oak, lime, beech, silver birch, rowan and crab apple).
The wood is sited where it has expansive views of the Mendip Hills, including Glastonbury Tor. It has a picnic table, a community orchard of 20 fruit trees and a wildflower meadow, and will provide the community with a beautiful natural amenity.
Some 42,000 Flanders red poppy seeds were scattered over the field and it was hoped that these would flower during 2014, providing a poignant village tribute to mark the centenary of World War I.
Barton St David’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were numerous, with
gardens being opened and many cream teas being devoured.
The weekend culminated in a wonderful evening party in a marquee on the village playing field. The Diamond Jubilee beacon, made especially for the event and featuring crowns around the brazier, was lit at 9pm.
Looking back at how our village has celebrated other royal occasions, for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 Barton St David shopkeeper Mr Griffiths made a wooden seat for the village. His daughter made the journey from Christchurch in Dorset to be present at the planting of the Diamond Jubilee tree.
Going back to 1911, one of our church bells was given to commemorate the Coronation of George V.
And going back further still, Barton St David has a connection with American “royalty”. Henry Adams was born in this parish in about 1583. Later he emigrated to North America and two of his descendants became presidents of the United States – John Adams (1797–1801) and John Quincey Adams (1825–1829).
Barton St David is proud to have our Diamond Jubilee oak and we hope this tree, together with the Diamond Jubilee Wood, will give great pleasure to our village and the wider community for generations to come.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Alistair Eaglesome, Peter Farrant and Reuben White secure the Jubilee oak to its stakes.
- 2. Village Tree Warden Denise Goodman with others who turned out for the tree planting.
- 3. Barton St David’s Diamond Jubilee oak.
- 4. The tree, with a view of the church’s octagonal tower.