Former Buckingham Palace tree planted at Bicclescombe Park
26 October 2022
An Alder tree that once stood on the Platinum Jubilee sculpture outside of Buckingham Palace was planted at Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe yesterday (Tuesday 25 October), after being gifted to North Devon.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations, trees were gifted to over 300 organisations across the UK by the tree planting initiative created to mark the Jubilee, The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).
Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the "Trees of Trees" sculpture was made to celebrate Her Majesty's Jubilee who during her 70 year reign, planted over 1,500 trees all over the world.
The trees are said to stand for hope, regeneration and optimism and are part of a million trees already planted across the UK as part of the QGC in honour of Her Majesty.
Attendees at the tree planting ceremony included North Devon Council and Ilfracombe Town Council representatives, Lady Arran, Deputy Member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament - Tymek Kiliszek, Ilfracombe's Community Resources Group, representatives from The Earth Repair Shop, members of the public, as well as Clive Thomas, a local retired vicar who gave his blessing at the gathering.
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden says: "It's been a great pleasure to join in with the celebrations of receiving a tree from the QGC. It was great to see everyone come together as a symbol of hope and regeneration for many years to come."
Lead member for the Environment and local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: “I am really pleased that North Devon was chosen to receive the Alder tree from the QGC, “Tree of Trees” and I am delighted that it was chosen to be planted at Bicclescombe Park in Ilfracombe. Bicclescombe Park has recently won its 18th consecutive year, Green Flag Award and I know this tree will be a great addition to the already spectacular community green space."
Lady Arran says: "It has been a journey of great excitement in this past year of celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee. I'm pleased that our beloved late Queen saw the majority of the celebrations during this year and the one thing we know she did see was this magnificent tree outside of Buckingham Palace. The QGC, "Trees of trees" project was a wonderful idea and has allowed us to receive this tree for beautiful Bicclescombe Park. Representing youth, the Deputy Member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament - Tymek Kiliszek helped us to plant this Alder tree for generations to come and in affectionate memory of our late Queen. The Jubilee vases, in which the trees were placed on the "Tree of Trees", were also gifted and ours now stands inside Bicclescombe Mill Tea Room for everyone to admire while they have refreshments."
The tree will be looked after by Ilfracombe's Community Resources Group which already looks after the sensory garden within Bicclescombe Park.
More information on the QGC can be found online.