Bishop's Stortford's Queen's Platinum Jubilee memories cemented by tree planting and time capsule
Bishop's Stortford Town Council concluded its Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations by planting a commemorative tree and burying a time capsule.
The mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, and predecessor Cllr Keith Warnell were joined by representatives of Mencap charity Grove Cottage, South Street funeral directors Daniel Robinson and Sons and members of the public for the ceremony in Monastery Park, between Windhill and Apton Road, on Saturday (July 2).
The tree planted – an ornamental cherry sapling, prunus cerasifera nigra – will be logged on the map for the Queen's Green Canopy, a tree-planting initiative to increase and protect the UK's native tree cover that began in May 2021 in honour of Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.
The time capsule contained:
- Queen’s Platinum Jubilee flags
- the town council Platinum Jubilee and beacon event programmes, pencil and sticker
- town council keyring and thimble
- Bishop’s Stortford postcards
- Bishop’s Stortford Independent’s Jubilee special edition
- St Michael’s C of E Primary School handmade book of a collection of pupils' poems and portraits of the Queen
- Handkerchief commemorating the Queen’s Coronation, donated by Elizabeth Rosair
- First memories of the Royal Family poster, donated by Catherine Trillo-Blanco
- A photo of a Coronation party taken in East Road, Bishop’s Stortford, in 1953, donated by Julie Kitcher
- Memoirs and lavender bags made by residents of Premier Court care home in Thorley.
Meanwhile, the town council has explained why it cut down a 10-year-old oak tree in the park last week.
Chief executive James Parker said: "Periodically we have an inspection of all our trees carried out by a professional arboriculturist, who provides a schedule of recommended works either for the health of the tree or to reduce to an acceptable level the risk of damage to people or property."
The expert told the council that as the tree was split at the base, it did not have a healthy future and should be felled.