Seventy trees to be planted across East Devon to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A total of 70 English oak trees are to be planted across East Devon to marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

District council chiefs are celebrating the landmark – a first for any British monarch – by gifting saplings and commemorative plaques to every town and parish.

They hope planting can begin this month.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says it is working with councillors and local councils ‘to find suitable locations’ for the trees.

Oaks are renowned for their longevity, strength, and unique position in the national landscape.

It is hoped they will ‘offer many other collective opportunities’ and serve as ‘an important local memory jogger’ recognising EDDC’s carbon-neutral and environmental priorities.

Councillor Ian Thomas, who chairs the authority, said: “After two years of difficulty and challenge, we now have an opportunity to boost the wellbeing of all in East Devon; our communities, businesses, and the residents we serve in an enjoyable and effective way.

“Our EDDC ward members will be pleased to help ensure we all enjoy a fantastic and unique Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, which leaves a valuable legacy for East Devon and our communities.”

Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place across bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

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