Tree planting ceremony marks Jubilee
A VILLAGE pub hosted a tree-planting ceremony uniting Houghton-on-the-Hill’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations across the centuries.
Back in 1897, parishioners of the village supported a subscription for two commemorative trees – a horse chestnut and a silver birch to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
The silver birch - still alive 115 years later - was planted on a small green next to the Old Black Horse Inn.
And on Sunday, April 15, villagers, regulars and the licensees from the pub Nick Mitchell and Julie Hardman, gathered to plant a new birch in the pub garden to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Leicestershire brewery Everards also agreed to donate a new tree to stand near to the remaining silver birch.
Julie, said: “We are very honoured to have the pub as the location for the new commemorative tree.”
Francessa Wall-Bray, tree warden for Houghton-on-the-Hill, said: “It’s been a great pleasure working with Nick and Julie to organise the 2012 Jubilee Tree Project in the village.
“On behalf of the 8,000 strong volunteer tree wardens, we thank Everards for their support and donation of the 2012 Royal Diamond Jubilee Birch tree.”
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