Community tree planting in honour of Platinum Jubilee

Mount Green residents living at Downside Orchard planted a plum tree in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The tree was gifted to the scheme as part of a wider project led by Woking Borough Council and the Clink Charity, based at Send Prison’s Fruit Tree Project, aiming to commemorate the historic occasion by distributing 500 fruit trees to local organisations and community groups.

Resident Simon Hawkings was made aware of the project through his volunteering at The Lightbox gallery and museum. He said: “The gallery’s team asked whether we knew of any community groups who would like to plant a tree in honour of the jubilee and so I asked if one could come to Downside Orchard.

“Not long after, we were presented with a beautiful young plum tree!”

Residents, neighbours and Mount Green colleagues gathered together in the sunshine for coffee and jubilee-themed cakes to see the tree planted in the scheme’s communal garden.

Sophie Appleyard, Neighbourhood Officer at Mount Green, added: “Everyone was thrilled to be able to gather to mark this very special year, with the help of our garden management team from Groundscapes.

“Planting this tree felt really special and we look forward to watching the sapling grow as a lasting tribute to 70 years of dedicated service by Her Majesty the Queen.”