Wakefield Wild Cherry
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.
Wakefield community groups came together to plant a wild cherry (Prunus avium ‘Plena’) Diamond Jubilee tree at the Arboretum in Newmillerdam Country Park in West Yorkshire.
Roger Parkinson, Chairman of the Wakefield Tree Wardens Group, said: “We wanted to mark this very special year by illustrating how so many people are helping to improve our local area. Our Arboretum is just one improvement we are very proud of and this tree will be at the centre of this increasingly popular visitor attraction.”
Local schoolchildren were involved in the celebration when they were asked to enter an art competition illustrating how Her Majesty the Queen had planted
many trees over the 60 years of her reign and why trees are important for people and wildlife.
Book prizes were awarded at Wakefield Methodist School and the pictures were put on display at community events during the autumn.
The research and time spent by the children on the artwork allowed them
to find out more about the Jubilee
and planting trees to commemorate important events.
The Diamond Jubilee cherry was one of the last trees to be planted after a five-year restoration project carried out by Wakefield Tree Wardens and Wakefield Council. It is now part of a wonderful collection in Newmillerdam Country Park, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year.
This Jubilee tree has its own entry in a Book of Dedication on public view in the Boat House, near the Arboretum. The book illustrates many of the trees in the collection, lists donors and sponsors and will be a lasting record of this valuable addition to the Wakefield district.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Local volunteers from various groups came together to mark the planting of the Jubilee Diamond Tree.
- 2. Roger Parkinson, Chairman of Tree Wardens - Wakefield, adds the final touches to complete the planting.
- 3. The newly-planted Prunus avium 'Plena' has a special place in the Arboretum.
- 4. Some of the entries in the art competition for pupils at the local primary schools.