Young elms planted by Rogate villagers at Terwick church

Lady Bridget Nixon and  Ann Arnold, the churchwardens, whio planted the saplings with the Rev Edward Doyle in Terwick cemetery
Lady Bridget Nixon and Ann Arnold, the churchwardens, whio planted the saplings with the Rev Edward Doyle in Terwick cemetery

ROGATE and Terwick villagers gathered on a bitterly cold Sunday morning to complete their tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which was celebrated in the village last June.

The congregation of St Peter’s Church at Terwick watched as their churchwardens Lady Bridget Nixon and Ann Arnold planted two sapling elms in the churchyard.

These were then blessed by the Rev Edward Doyle and those present then toasted the event with warming mulled wine.

Agricultural consultant Richard Smith gave the two small elms to the parish. They are resistant to Dutch elm disease which killed all the elms that for hundreds of years surrounded St Peter’s churchyard.

The doomed trees were replaced 40 years ago by copper beeches, limes and flowering cherries.

Ann told the Observer: “These little saplings will become great majestic trees, providing wonderful habitat for insects and birds. There is a national conservation movement gathering pace to re-plant the countryside with elms.

“We hope our little trees will one day be ‘fine old elms’ like the ones we lost in the 1970s.

“We think they are a perfect tribute for our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”