Scraptoft 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.
Scraptoft is a small, but rapidly growing, Leicestershire village. The parish council is fortunate enough to own a large open space in the centre of the village, the Edith Cole Memorial Park, and on the morning of Monday 4th June 2012 it was the scene of great activity.
First the marquee arrived and then the trestle tables. The Women’s Institute, the Scraptoft Wine Circle, the 50 Club, the Tree Warden and the Archaeological Warden all organised their displays and stalls. They were joined by local craftspeople demonstrating their skills. Outside the marquee there was a plant stall and a variety of stalls run by local charities.
This event was a great success but
we wanted a more permanent record
of the Diamond Jubilee, so the parish council decided it would like to plant a commemorative English oak in the
park where the June celebrations had taken place.
Parish Councillor Ruth Faulkes produced posters advertising the planting and contacted the local primary school and the two nursery schools. The vicar agreed to ring the church bells before and after the planting ceremony and all was arranged for Saturday 23rd March 2013.
Our tree was delivered on Monday 18th March and willing helpers recruited to oversee the planting. However, on the Saturday a blizzard was blowing and the Edith Cole Memorial Park was blanketed in snow. Obviously the planting could not go ahead and it was re-arranged for Saturday 30th March.
As it was Easter Saturday the Church bells could not be rung but several local children and other helpers enthusiastically planted our commemorative oak. It now stands as a permanent reminder of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Scraptoft.
All Saints Church is opposite the park and for the June celebrations it had provided the venue for refreshments, a display of the winning poems from the children’s poetry competition and an old-time music hall performance by the Scraptoft Players.
We were fortunate that the weather on the afternoon of Monday 4th June turned out warm and sunny so the event was very well supported.
The day was rounded off by the arrival of a hot-air balloon. It had been intended to launch this from the park but the winds were unfavourable so the balloon was tethered and residents were able to enjoy limited balloon ascents.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Preparing for the ceremonial tree planting.
- 2. Owen Papworth and Louis Barratt get digging.
- 3. Tree Warden Chris Faulkes takes delivery of the oak.
- 4. Sarah and Owen Papworth, Louis and Clinton Barratt, Nelson Renner and Maxwell Barratt work together to plant the Jubilee Diamond Tree.
- 5. The WI stall in the marquee on 4th June 2012.