Planting memories

MEMORY TREE: Children from Bures Primary School place a time capsule under an oak tree planted on the village common to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.

MEMORY TREE: Children from Bures Primary School place a time capsule under an oak tree planted on the village common to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.

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CHILDREN in Bures have buried a time capsule under an oak tree planted on the village’s newly-acquired Bures Common – land which villagers have bought for £87,500 to save it from being built on.

Former landowner James Waterson said the village could buy the land if it matched the highest commercial bid. Well-wishers and residents donated the money to buy it, and an additional £10,000 grant from Essex County Council’s Big Society fund went towards paying solicitors’ fees and restoring a 19th century barn on the land.

Last Thursday children from Bures Primary School gathered to plant a time capsule underneath the oak tree, donated to Bures Parish Council by Braintree District Council to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

The children included accounts of themselves in the time capsule, as well as photographs and a history of the 1840-built church school and a village directory, giving details of all the places of interest.

Headteacher Christine Furniss said: “We have recently celebrated 200 years of church schools, so we had a photograph of all the school which we added to the capsule. The children were very excited to be involved with it.”

The location for the oak was chosen by Bures Common trustees Alan Ryman and Leigh Alston.