High Ham 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.
On Tuesday 27th November 2012, seven schoolchildren from High Ham Primary School in Somerset braved the cold wind to help plant the Diamond Jubilee English oak. They were supervised by Tree Warden Paul Brunsdon, teacher Kirsten Carrol and local artist and assistant teacher Kate Lynch.
They made sketches and notes as the tree was planted and have since been encouraged to return from time-to-time to check its progress. Other keen volunteers joined in with the planting, including local residents and the Chairman of the Playing Field Committee, Peter Brown.
Back at school, nine children each created a drawing depicting the Jubilee tree planting and events held earlier in the year, including a tea party and bonfire party. Under Kate’s supervision, the individual panels were joined to form a splendid giant patchwork. Copies hang in the school and the village hall.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. High Ham pupils help Tree Warden Paul Brunsdon to plant the celebratory tree on their playing field.
- 2. Patchwork art, created by schoolchildren to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
- 3. The team of children and adults with their commemorative oak safely in the ground.