Lund Black Mulberry
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.
The parish council felt that a special tree was needed as our Jubilee Diamond Tree. So, after advice from our tree expert, John Killingbeck, we chose a black mulberry
to plant on The Green in Lund, near Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The mulberry tree has royal associations and has a spreading habit, becoming crooked and gnarled with time, thus making an architectural feature. Mulberries were introduced to Britain by the Romans and then King James I, in an attempt to establish a silk industry in England, planted the first black mulberry garden in London, where Buckingham Palace now stands. Unfortunately silk worms prefer the leaves of the white mulberry tree, so a silk industry was never established. Shakespeare is known to have planted mulberry trees in his garden and mentions them in some of his plays.
On Friday 29th November 2013, Hugh Helm, who was awarded the chairman’s achievement award for tree planting around Lund, Jonathan Walker, Chair of the parish council, councillors, villagers and children from Lockington Primary School enthusiastically assisted with the tree planting ceremony on The Green.
The children danced round the tree and sang: “Here we go round the mulberry tree, the mulberry tree, the mulberry tree, here we go round the mulberry tree on a cold and frosty morning. This is how we plant a tree, plant a tree, plant a tree, this how we plant a tree on a cold Friday morning.”
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Digging deep for the National Tree Week event.
- 2. Villagers gather to mark the Jubilee tree planting.
- 3. Singing and dancing around the mulberry tree.