Tree planting marks Jubilee

Schoolchildren will join with councillors tomorrow to plant a commemorative tree celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Youngsters from St Andrew’s Primary School in Bulmer and parish councillors will plant a Jubilee oak tree on Plough Green, Bulmer Tye.

The ceremony will take place after the council successfully applied to Braintree District Council to be part of a “Green Heart of Essex” initiative, giving people the chance to claim a free oak tree to plant in their community.

It is hoped that villagers will come and help “stamp the tree in” and enjoy seeing the oak in its prominent location throughout the seasons.

Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member for the environment for the district council, said: “It’s great to see the Jubilee oaks now getting planted.

“We thought long and hard about how we could mark next year’s royal occasion in a way that inspires and involves local people and fits with our aim to be one of the cleanest and greenest districts in the country.

“With the Jubilee oaks initiative, we’ve found a wonderful solution.”

A time capsule prepared by the school will also be buried with the tree at 11am.