Seeds sown for Diamond Jubilee

Opening of new visitor centre at Nowton Park, and the planting of trees to mark the Queen's reign.
Opening of new visitor centre at Nowton Park, and the planting of trees to mark the Queen's reign.
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THE seeds of St Edmundsbury’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations have officially been sown with a tree planting ceremony.

Ten trees were planted in a new copse, the Jubilee Plantation, in Nowton Park – the first event in the borough to mark the Queen’s ascension to the throne 60 years ago.

Opening of new visitor centre at Nowton Park, and the planting of trees to mark the Queen's reign.

Opening of new visitor centre at Nowton Park, and the planting of trees to mark the Queen's reign.

The ceremony was led by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Christopher Spicer, who was accompanied by six students from County Upper and King Edward VI Schools, Cllrs Sara Mildmay-White and Stefan Oliver as well as Commander Paul Blythe, captain of the HMS Vengeance.

Cllr Spicer said: “I’m delighted to be following a wonderful tradition of planting trees in Nowton Park to mark important points in our ruling monarch’s reign. Coronation Wood was planted in 1953 and added to in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee.”

The mayor also unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the park’s new £525,000 visitor centre, which includes a café, upgraded changing rooms, public toilets and a new base for the ranger service.

Cllr Mildmay-White added: “We welcome 300,000 visitors to this beautiful, historic park every year and I’m sure this fantastic building will be well used.”