Milton Park 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.
Milton Park is one of two major parks in Portsmouth. It had its beginnings in 1912, when Milton Farm was purchased from
the Goldsmith family by Portsmouth
So this special tree celebrates not only the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but also the centenary of the park’s origins.
We decided on a white mulberry (Morus alba ‘platanifolia’) as we thought the white blossom and fruits reflected the Diamonds of the Jubilee.
Councillor Frank Jonas, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, kindly agreed to carry out the planting during National Tree Week, with the help of children from Milton Park Primary School and Wimbourne Junior School and supported by community members. Afterwards, snowdrops, white crocuses and white alliums were planted round the base of the tree.
A photo of the event appeared in The Portsmouth News on 30th November 2012.
It was a happy occasion enjoyed by everyone present, and it brought members of the local groups together.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. The Lord Mayor with children from Milton Park Primary School and Wimbourne Junior School.
- 2. Portsmouth Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, Bessie McKnight from Milton Park Primary School and Tree Warden Pauline Powell plant the Jubilee tree.
- 3. The Lord Mayor with children from Milton Park Primary School and Wimbourne Junior School.