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Community turns out en masse to plant Jubilee trees

Small group of schoolchildren planting a tree with the Mayor

An avenue of 40 mature trees has been planted alongside the river in Farnham to commemorate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The tree planting day was part of a unique, national initiative called the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ and involved pupils from 13 local schools and representatives from 18 community groups. 

The tree planting took place in two sessions on Friday 11 March. The date was chosen because it marked the seventieth day of the seventieth year during which The Queen acceded to the throne.

In the morning, the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker welcomed The Queen’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant, Caroline Breckell MVO and her husband Martin; Jim Babbington, Vice Chair of the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO), Simon Essex from The Patio Blackspot Removal Co which is the Principal sponsor of Farnham in Bloom, students and teachers. 

Students watched as the two guests of honour planted the first trees. Armed with shovels and wellie boots, the young people then proceeded to plant their allocated tree. 

Later in the day, the final 20 trees were planted by community group representatives in the presence of the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant, Col. Patrick Crowley MBE. Sarah Squire, gold sponsor of Farnham in Bloom was also present. 

The Mayor explained how NACO is preparing a special book to give to Her Majesty on her birthday in June and that it will list the name of every school and organisation that planted a tree. He went on to thank everybody for their help with the planting and for everything they do for the community of Farnham.

The avenue is situated alongside the stretch of river that runs from the car park near Farnham Leisure Centre towards Kimbers Lane and is a popular route for people walking into Farnham. The trees include Liquidambar and Himalayan Birch which were chosen for their vibrant colour and stunning architectural impact. A signboard will be erected to describe the avenue and who was involved in its creation. 

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