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.
Whitchurch School in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, planted its Jubilee tree on Friday 17th May 2013 during a Rogation service led by the Reverend Penny Powdrill.
She started the service with a brief introduction about how and why we had received the tree from The Tree Council. Then she led the congregation of pupils, parents and community members out into the grounds of this Church of England Primary School.
With the sun shining down on us, the Rev Penny blessed the school grounds and the Bramley apple tree to be planted. Mrs Wendy Jarrett, who had been asked to plant the Diamond Jubilee tree, was rewarded with a large cheer and round of applause when the planting was complete.
Mrs Jarrett was chosen to officially plant the tree because she was one of three original members of the 1977 Silver Jubilee Committee who had raised funds and built a much-needed children’s playground in the village. She said she was honoured to be asked to plant the tree and was pleased that the local community and school continue to mark these historic milestones.
After the ceremony, the children served a cream tea in the school grounds.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Rev Penny Powdrill with Isabell Marshall, giving a reading and saying a prayer composed for the event.
- 2. Mrs Wendy Jarrett officially plants the Diamond Jubilee Bramley apple tree.
- 3. Poppy Williams-Burton and Isobel Marshall help to give the finishing touches.
- 4. With the planting complete, a round of applause.