An English oak tree has been planted at Lily Hill Park to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022).
The sapling was kindly provided by the forestry team at The Crown Estate. It was planted during the winter by the heritage parks team and volunteers from their gardening group.
Richard Everett, Chief Forester at The Crown Estate was present last Thursday to unveil a commemorative plaque, which has been provided alongside the tree.
Stephen Chown, Head of Natural Estates, said:
“We are delighted to have such a special tree to commemorate The Queen. We offer sincere thanks to The Crown Estate for kindly providing this sapling.
“The tree was grown as a seedling from one of the special veteran oak trees on the Windsor Estate, which was home to The Queen.
“Oak trees are a much-loved native British species that have huge social and ecological value. They can also grow to extreme old age with veteran oaks at the Windsor Estate thought to be 1,000 years old.
“This tree will provide a future haven for wildlife, providing food, shelter and a breeding place for a staggering 2,300 species!
“Trees are also good for our own wellbeing; lowering our blood pressure, reducing stress levels, and helping us feel calm and happy.
“We hope residents and visitors to Lily Hill Park will be able to enjoy this new oak for many years to come.”
Top image: Richard Everett, Chief Forester at The Crown Estate joins members of the Heritage Parks Team, and volunteers from their dedicated gardening group.