Duncton residents plant jubilee commemoration tree

Fun and games at Duncton as viollagers celebrate the diamond jubilee tree planting
Fun and games at Duncton as viollagers celebrate the diamond jubilee tree planting

VILLAGERS at Duncton gathered on the green at Willet Close to celebrate the planting of a tree in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.

The tree was supplied by the Tree Council which provided 60 trees to communities across the country as part of their contribution to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Village tree wardens were invited to apply for a tree and Duncton was one of the lucky ones selected.

Duncton parish councillors are now proposing to provide a circular seat around the tree, which is close to the village playground.

The Tree Council will be sending a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Details of the planting event, together with photographs will be put into a book and presented to the Queen as a permanent record of the celebrations in Duncton.

At the weekend Duncton villagers made an occasion of their planting celebrations, which included afternoon tea for everyone who attended.

During the afternoon those present gathered around the commemorative tree for a special blessing given by the Rev Bob Mitchell.

The tree had been decorated in red, white and blue ribbons and a huge flag.

“After everyone had eaten their fill of the home-made teas,” said one of the organisers Caroline Fleetwood, “the children enjoyed traditional games, including sack races, and wheelbarrow

“The highlight of the afternoon was a tug of war, between the children and their mums and dads with the parents winning both contests.

“Another wonderful village community event.”