Warwick Town Tulip Tree
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 variegated tulip tree was selected as an attractive and unusual tree for this special commemoration and St Nicholas Park was chosen as the planting site because it is the main park in Warwick and much used by local people and visitors.
The Jubilee tree was planted on 1st December 2012, during National Tree Week. A Saturday was chosen so that schoolchildren and Brownies could come as well as Friends of the Park, Tree Wardens and members of the community. The day started overcast and there was a little sleety rain before the sky cleared and the sun shone on our ceremony.
The hole was dug by Tony Hemming of Warwick District Council and Tree Warden Sarah Ridgeway. The planting was accomplished by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Sir Martin Dunne, and the Mayor of Warwick, Elizabeth Higgins, along with Brownies and other children.
Local members of the community came to the planting and shared their memories of the Coronation. Also we arranged a small exhibition of Coronation memorabilia at the tearoom in the park, by kind permission of the management. Once the tree was safely planted we invited the assembled company to the tearoom to view the exhibition and have refreshments.
The 60th anniversary of the Coronation was also the 80th anniversary of the opening of St Nicholas Park. In addition, it was 1,100 years since Warwick was refounded by Queen Ethelfleda, following its sacking by the Danes. We can claim a very long connection with royalty.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Brownies help to plant the tree, watched by The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Martin Dunne, and the Mayor of Warwick, Elizabeth Higgins.
- 2. Just a few of those who gathered for the Jubilee tree planting.
- 3. In advance of the planting, Lesley Hall of Warwick Tree Wardens talks to St Nicholas Brownies about the project and invites them to get involved
- 4. Pamela Whitlock, who assembled a commemorative display at the tree-planting ceremony, together with members of the public.