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Platinum Jubilee trees honour late Queen Elizabeth II

Platinum Jubilee trees honour late Queen Elizabeth II

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Platinum Jubilee trees honour late Queen Elizabeth II

Burton school children teamed up with local dignitaries and regional housing association, Trent & Dove to plant three trees in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II and to mark her Platinum Jubilee celebrated in June.

Children from Eton Park Junior School in Masefield Crescent planted the ornamental cherry trees with the help of the High Sherrif, Ben Robinson who is also chair of Burton Albion football club, and the President of the Burton Rotary Club, on Thursday (1 December).

Ben Robison said:

“One of the aims of my Presidential year was to recognise the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I’m delighted that linking that aim with the Queens canopy has been brought to fruition here at Masefield Crescent/Tennyson Road.”

Colleagues from Trent & Dove together with community volunteers first prepared the ground on the corner of Tennyson Road and Masefield Crescent.

Local residents were invited and treated to coffee and cake supplied by the bright orange Coffee Connect van. Leased from Circulairy.org, the van is used by Trent & Dove as a wellbeing wagon to help combat social isolation and loneliness in the community through a cuppa and conversation.

Mel Thomas President of Burton upon Trent Rotary Club gave a welcome speech and unveiled the commemorative plaque.

He said:

“It has been a pleasure for the Rotary Club to work with Trent & Dove Housing, children from Eton Park Junior School and other partners in making a contribution towards the late Queens idea of a Canopy and as a celebration of her Platinum Jubilee.” 

David Riley, Head of Customer & Communities at Trent & Dove, commented:

“It’s been enjoyable and poignant to work with Eton Park Junior School and the Burton community on this project. These trees will be a lasting tribute to Her Majesty, marking her dedication to the country and its environment.  

“Local residents also had the opportunity to contribute on our public consultation about tree planting on Masefield crescent and in the communal garden behind the flats on Shakespeare Road.”

Queen Elizabeth became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, before she passed away in September.

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