‘Treebilee’ -a new oak
planted in the churchyard of St John’s Church
2022 heralds a
year-long Platinum Jubilee celebration throughout the United Kingdom, the
Commonwealth and around the world, as communities come together to celebrate
Her Majesty the Queen’s glorious and unprecedented 70-year reign.
A major part of
the celebration is the creation of living and lasting memorials, courtesy of a
project launched by HRH Prince Charles, affectionately called ‘Treebilee’,
where people across the UK are being urged to plant trees to mark this special
Badingham Parish Council has elected to take part in this
project and has been gifted one of 200 English oak trees by East Suffolk
Council. It was planted in the
Churchyard by Bob Foster in February 2022, and he had kindly made an excellent
metal frame to protect it from wildlife.
Tree planting is
an important way to help tackle climate change, so this is a great opportunity
to contribute to a practical environmental project, creating a lasting
legacy. Symbolising royalty, patriotism
and strength, the English Oak tree has made an enormous historical contribution
to landscape, biodiversity, culture and economy.
Oaks grow to an
average of 20m in height and a mature oak can host up to 5,000 different
species of invertebrate that will form the basis for a healthy food chain that
benefits birds and mammals. As the tree grows and ages, it will develop
cavities, crevices, dead wood and other features that plants and animals love.
naturally absorb CO2, a key greenhouse gas, through the process of
photosynthesis, helping to create a significant carbon sink, to benefit
everyone through a natural process.
When oaks reach
400 years old, they are considered ancient trees; some can live for over 1,000
years. A small dedication ceremony will
take place on Sunday 5th June, following the !!am Church Service, when a plaque
will be put in place.
Further information:https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk https://www.forestryengland.uk
Chairman of Badingham Parish
Council May 2022