18th March 2022 | News in your area

Queen’s Green Canopy planting in Farnham

On Friday 11th March, an avenue of 40 mature trees was planted alongside the river in Farnham to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy planting involved pupils from 13 local schools and representatives from 18 community groups.

The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Alan Earwaker, welcomed Deputy Lieutenant, Caroline Breckell MVO and her husband Martin, Jim Babbington, Vice Chair of the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO), Simon Essex from The Patio Blackspot Removal Co, the principal sponsor of Farnham in Bloom, and students and teachers.

The two guests of honour planted first and were then followed by the students planting their allocated trees.

The final 20 trees were planted later in the day by community group representatives in the presence of Deputy Lieutenant, Col. Patrick Crowley MBE and Sarah Squire, gold sponsor of Farnham in Bloom.

NACO are preparing a special book to give to Her Majesty on her birthday in June that will list the name of every school and organisation that planted a tree.

The avenue is situated alongside the stretch of river that runs from the car park near Farnham Leisure Centre towards Kimbers Lane, which is a popular route for people walking into Farnham. The trees include Liquidambar and Himalayan Birch, and were chosen for their vibrant colour and stunning architectural impact. A plaque will be erected to describe the avenue and who was involved in its creation.

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