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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits Farnham

Large group of adults and children.

The Duke of Edinburgh visited Farnham, Surrey on Monday (20 March) to plant the 70th and final tree in an avenue that was created to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. 

The riverside avenue of trees, which has been named Jubilee Walk runs from the Riverside car park near Farnham Leisure Centre towards Kimbers Lane. The trees include Liquidambar and Himalayan Birch which were chosen for their vibrant seasonal colour and stunning architectural impact.

During his visit, The Duke of Edinburgh met around 90 volunteers and representatives from a wide range of community groups that work hard to improve the environment and biodiversity in and around Farnham.  His Royal Highness engaged with volunteers from award winning Tice’s Meadow Bird Group, who manage the former Farnham Quarry as a nature reserve; helping make a swift nesting box before supporting pupils from Badshot Lea Infant School construct bug hotels and children from Potters Gate Primary School make willow bird feeders. 

The Duke also saw at first hand the work of space2grow, an innovative community space in the heart of Farnham that helps support young people, parents and people struggling with isolation and loneliness. The Duke discussed the value of supporting each other at difficult times and opportunities to improve well-being with some of the community volunteers.

Former soldier and centenarian Frank Rhodes also planted one of the final trees. Injured during the Second World War during the Allied advance through southern Italy, he still has a “hole in his head” from a shrapnel burst suffered in Anzio but is still active and creates delightful floral displays for his fellow residents at Abbeyfield Wey Valley House

Councillor Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham said: “It was an honour to welcome The Duke of Edinburgh to Farnham. His visit coincided with the first day of spring, so it was wonderful that he was able to see the variety of outdoor space which we are fortunate to have on our doorstep. We were also pleased to be able to introduce him to our many green-fingered Farnham in Bloom volunteers who will soon be helping with the annual planting out of 55,000 plug plants and who do so much to make Farnham an attractive town.

“Today was very special for everybody involved and I’m sure it will be remembered by all for many years to come.”

Farnham’s Jubilee Walk is a lasting tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary service to her country and her people. A plaque has been installed near the avenue to thank the many schools, community organisations and special guests who contributed towards the planting of The Queen’s Green Canopy and ongoing work to create green corridors for wildlife and improve the biodiversity in and around Farnham.

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