Oak tree marks Jubilee

OAKIE DOKIE: Foxearth and Liston tree warden Alan Fitch, left, and local farmer and historian Ashley Cooper plant the Diamond Jubilee Oak.
OAKIE DOKIE: Foxearth and Liston tree warden Alan Fitch, left, and local farmer and historian Ashley Cooper plant the Diamond Jubilee Oak.

RESIDENTS and councillors gathered in the most rural of settings on Tuesday to plant a leafy tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Around 20 people braved the freezing winds to see the 12-foot oak tree dug into a field between Foxearth and Liston to mark 60 years next year since Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.

Local farmer and historian Ashley Cooper helped plant the oak, which will be accompanied by a bench provided by farmer Colin Flux.

“Generations will stand by this tree and enjoy this wonderful vista,” said Mr Cooper.

“I want to thank everybody from the community for coming – this is a great place to view beautiful scenery.”

Alan Fitch, tree warden for Foxearth and Liston, said: “From here you can see an amazing amount – church towers, fields and farms.”