Cllr Linda Thomas explains how high oak trees can grow

How high will it grow?
How old will it live to?
Will squirrels live in it?

These were just some of the probing questions being asked by the young children as they helped plant the Whitchurch Jubilee Oak in Daniel Park.

Local residents, children, bicycles and a dog or two, met in the welcome Spring sunshine to witness the small ceremony arranged by the Friends of the QEII Field. The children from Oak Tree Nursery who came out to plant the Oak Tree, had walked across town for the historic occasion.

Digging commences

Cllr Jackie Day helps the children plant the oak

Aided by the Mayor and Mayoress, the Deputy Mayor, several councillors, Friends of the Field, residents and others, and with expert guidance by A&M Hardy, the children made a good job of digging the hole, then planting and finally watering the young sapling.

The results of of their hard work will last for many hundreds of years in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Watering the new oak

Hundreds of the oak trees are being planted across Hampshire. The Town Council applied for one and asked the Friends of the Field to arrange the planting.

Jackie Day of the Friends of the QEII Field said:
It was an honour to be part of this historic occasion with the tree being a fitting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

The oak which is one of the country’s most popular and traditional trees should grow to over 30 metres tall and live for several hundred years, making it a lasting legacy to the Jubilee. It is well suited to Hampshire.

Each child was presented with a certificate to mark their involvement (provided by this website).
Their little legs then set off on their long trek through town and up the hill to their nursery.

It was a day they will remember.

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The proud children and their helpers after the planting

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