Chichester Small-leaved Lime
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.
A Chichester park is now home to a Jubilee Diamond Tree which was planted during a special event on Tuesday 16th April 2013. The Friends of Florence Park were joined for the planting by residents and Portfield Primary Academy pupils.
In the week before the Easter holidays the children researched the properties and significance of the chosen tree – a small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata). They also used their communication skills in writing letters and linking with relatives and local senior citizens to discover details of the Queen’s Coronation 60 years ago.
Residents in two local sheltered housing associations were invited to join the children in Florence Park for the tree planting event, due to take place the week after Easter. The children were very busy with their holiday projects and enthusiastic responses to invitations to join in the special occasion were gathered by Tree Warden Geoff King.
The planting day arrived and the weather was cool with overcast skies, and rather similar to the day of the Queen’s Coronation 60 years before. With the help of the Chichester District Council’s parks team, a covered display was constructed under which the children’s work was mounted for all the assembled group to view and comment upon. The Friends of Florence Park provided warm drinks which helped to ease conversation and to make the occasion so enjoyable.
Geoff King, who is Chairman of the Tree Warden group and a founding member of the Friends of Florence Park, said: “I am over the moon. It has been a great pleasure and really special. It is about bringing people out into the community to remember 60 years ago.
“I thought, ‘It is Florence Park’s turn’. We are losing so many of our city’s trees. This is important, the more trees we can get in the better,” he said.
Geoff acknowledged the support of The Tree Council and the West Sussex and Chichester Tree Wardens, and he thanked Chichester’s Mayor, Councillor Ann Scicluna and her city and district East Ward councillor colleagues. Our parish vicar, Father Stuart Craddock, blessed the lime tree. Then, with the help of the park’s gardeners, toddlers, children and teachers, parents, a great grandparent and friends, Community Wardens, a Community Support Police Officer and passers-by, he used the ceremonial spade to help plant the tree.
To complete the event there was an interview with local radio, Spirit FM, and photographs were taken for the district council to submit to the Chichester Observer, our local newspaper. All who attended agreed that it had been a great event which some will remember in 60 years’ time.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Display of children’s drawings and paintings.
- 2. Hearing about the nationwide Jubilee tree planting.
- 3. The Mayor of Chichester, Ann Scicluna, and Tree Warden Geoff King start the planting.
- 4. Father Stuart Craddock adds his tree blessing.
- 5. Everyone has a turn in planting the lime tree.