Miserden Primary School plant trees for the Queens Platinum Jubilee
The planting was part of the Queens Green Canopy project, both celebrating her Jubilee and building a greener future. All seven trees have been added to the Queens Green Canopy map and you can look them up here!
Major Tom Wills of Miserden Estate kindly donated seven Swedish Whitebeam trees, one to represent each decade of The Queens Reign. He commented ‘The trees will be something the children will remember and enjoy seeing grow, hopefully when they bring their own children to Miserden School in years to come.’
Nicholas Wills of Miserden Estate added ‘Dad has always had a passion for trees and he’s spent the last 50 years establishing a collection of both Cornus and Sorbus, which can be seen in the garden; they are two genus of trees which favour the thin calcareous soils typical of this area. He chose the Sorbus intermedia Brouwers as it grows to a medium size tree with a conical crown, its single, dark green leaves have a silver-grey underside, which as close as possible represents the metallic tint of pale-greyish white of platinum. White flowers in May produce orange-red fruits, which make the tree a good pollen source for bees. It is wind resistant and tolerant of calcareous soils and air pollution, making this a really tough tree.’
Being a small rural village school, the community and parents also gathered to participate and observe the planting.
School Head Teacher Mrs Lucie Mitchell added ‘The children were thrilled to be part of this national celebration and it helps reaffirm both the importance of tradition, while also learning more about carbon uptake, climate change and improving habitats. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Major Tom Wills and family for donating the seven Swedish Whitebeam trees, and to John and Tom for helping the children plant the trees, which now reside in the school playing field. We shall all enjoy watching them grow over the years to come.’