Hinderclay Village 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.
On 2nd December 2012 a commemorative oak tree was planted in the Suffolk village of Hinderclay.
This memorial to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee seemed a particularly fitting replacement for a dying horse chestnut tree, planted to commemorate George VI’s Coronation. Resplendent on the village green for so many years, the chestnut was now suffering both from
age and disease and had to be removed.
The day of the planting dawned fine and sunny but rather cold for the village spectators, who numbered nearly 60. A suitable hole had been dug to receive the oak and as it was placed in the ground it was blessed by the rector, the Reverend John Fulton. Two little girls, Seren (aged three) and Nia Jones (two), with two 12-year-old boys, Arthur Wade and Joshua Overall, all from the village, helped to plant the tree.
People then walked to the village hall for mulled wine and mince pies, kindly donated by a local family and the parish council, all much appreciated.
To entertain the children, an oak was drawn and put on the floor for the youngsters to paint and then they were given cut-outs of animals to stick
on to it.
It really was a memorable occasion which was enjoyed by all.
The Jubilee Oak
The majestic oak standing tall and proud
upon Hinderclay village green.
A legacy of the Diamond Jubilee
of Elizabeth II, our Queen.
Firmly planted in its place
at the cross-roads for all to see.
This is our village legacy
of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee
As the years go by, our oak will grow
upwards, wild and free
And as our children return to the green
they will remember Queen Elizabeth’s
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Arthur Wade (left) and Joshua Overall (right) shovel soil into the Jubilee oak’s planting pit.
- 2. Nia (left) and Seren Jones continue the planting...
- 3. ... and pose in front of the completed tree artwork.
- 4. Children enjoy colouring the tree drawing and sticking animal cut-outs on it.