Exmouth has kick-started its Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations by planting an oak tree in Phear Park.
The tree was one of 70 oak saplings donated by the district council for planting in locations in East Devon to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Exmouth Town Council said the tree planting was the first of a host of plans to take place in the town to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
A jubilee beacon trail launches in Exmouth on April 30. And beacon lighting and a big lunch are among the royal celebrations being held in Exmouth, planned for June.
More details on the jubilee events are to be released soon.
Councillor Steve Gazzard, Mayor of Exmouth, said: “We’re very excited to have planted this tree, which will be a reminder for many years to come. And we are grateful to EDDC for implementing this scheme.”
It is hoped the tree to mark the Queen’s time on the throne – the longest reigning British monarch – will remain in Phear Park for generations to come.
An Exmouth Town Council spokesperson said: “The tree planting is one of many plans to take place in Exmouth.
“The jubilee beacon lighting is to take place on Thursday 2nd June and the jubilee big lunch on Sunday 5th June.
“There is also a special jubilee beacon trail starting on 30th April. More information on all these plans will be published very soon.
The spokesperson added: “East Devon District Council gifted 70 oak saplings to each East Devon town or parish community and Exmouth Town Council chose Phear Park to plant the oak sapling.
“The resultant special network across the district of commemorative oak trees, renowned for their longevity, strength, and unique position in the national landscape, will offer many other collective opportunities and serve as an important local ‘memory jogger’ recognising our carbon neutral and environment priorities.”
For more information on the town’s jubilee celebrations, see the council’s website.