Kingsteignton Cypress 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.
Members of a Devon community came together in very wet weather on Thursday 13th February 2013 to plant the Jubilee Diamond Tree – Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ (cypress oak) – in Oakford Lawn, Kingsteignton.
Children of all ages from Rydon and St Michael’s Primary Schools, a group of
Year 9 students from Teign School and two members of Changes from Kingsteignton Youth Club took part in the ceremony.
They joined Kingsteignton town councillors and staff, and two members of the village trust which is the proud owner of Oakford Lawn.
Councillor Beryl Austen, who is the community’s Tree Warden, gave a short speech on the history of Oakford Lawn. She explained that the village trust had purchased the lawn to protect its future and provide a beautiful tranquil setting for the benefit of the community. It is used and enjoyed daily by several residents of Kingsteignton as well as for the main event of the year, the Ram Roast Fair in May, which attracts thousands of people.
Sadly, last year one of the oldest trees, a Turkey oak, had to be felled due to disease. This made the planting of the new cypress oak a truly memorable one, as it not only commemorates the Queen’s Jubilee, but is also a replacement that will hopefully thrive in all its glory for as long as the other old oak trees.
After the planting had taken place, all were invited back to the OAP Hall at Oakford Lawn for refreshments and a slice of celebration cake. The Mayor, Councillor Keith Howard, presented the children with a certificate of appreciation for taking part in such a memorable event.
Joy for a generation
Using Oakford Lawn
Because of your Jubilee
In February 2013
Long live the tree
Enjoy the beauty
Ever lasting memories
Town of Kingsteignton
Remembering the Diamond Jubilee
Exciting day for us all
Ending in celebration for everyone
Teign School students:
Katie Squirrell, Anna Scott,
Jessie Peake, Owen Yarnall,
Matt Preston, Zach Harrison
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Children from St Michael’s School help to finish off the job as the pile of soil diminishes.
- 2. The first child to add a spadeful of soil gets a helping hand from the Mayor, Cllr Keith Howard.
- 3. Cllr Beryl Austen, the community’s Tree Warden, starts off the ceremonial planting.
- 4. Jubilee tree celebration cake.
- 5. Sue Cozens, a member of the village trust, makes her contribution to filling the planting hole.