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Photos & Article by Matt Bigwood

Wotton-under-Edge Town Council was given two oak tree saplings from The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire as part of the Queens Green Canopy to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

This Gloucestershire scheme for all the parishes is unique in the country. The Wotton Area Climate Action Network temporarily planted and cared for the saplings in the Full Moon Wood nursery. An oak tree was planted at each of the primary schools in Wotton-under-Edge the British School, and Blue Coat School and Wotton Mayor, Cllr Roger Claydon, joined pupils to plant the trees.

The National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) requested civic leaders to, on the same day, plant a tree to mark The Queens Platinum Jubilee. The chosen day was Friday 11 March 2022 – the 70th day of the year in which The Queen marks the 70th anniversary of her accession.

NACO has prepared a bound book that includes the names of all Councils taking part, with the name of the person planting the tree alongside the office they hold, the type of tree planted and a few words saying where it was planted. The book will be sent to The Queen as soon as possible after 11 March.

The Town Council bought two commemorative plaques from the Royal British Legion which will be installed next to each tree.

British School:
Despite a damp day, children from each of the classes at the British School planted an oak tree on March 11th, helped by Wotton Mayor, Cllr Roger Claydon, headteacher Abel Roche and Sam Munton of Wotton Area Climate Action Network.

Bluecoat:
Wotton Mayor, Cllr Roger Claydon, was joined by pupils from Wottons Blue Coat School and headteacher Glyn Jones and Rick Beresford from Wotton Area Climate Action Network