Tree commemorates Queen’s accession to throne

Mayor Cllr Bob White, the mayoress Moira White, Cllrs Ann Brewer, Clive World and the town clerk Heather Lawler.

Richmond’s mayor has planted a tree to commemorate the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Cllr Bob White donated the rowan sorbus, which flowers in early spring and has red berries in autumn.

It was planted in the small rose garden opposite Mercury House.

Cllr White commented that the tree was planted at 11am on February 7, when 70 years ago the Queen would have been meeting her aides and advisers for the first time.

Cllr White said: “I chose this day to plant the tree as I feel it is appropriate to acknowledge the actual date that Her Majesty actually took on the role of Queen.

“It’s a job many of us think we would like, but in reality, a very difficult, demanding and lonely task.

“I wish Her Majesty well and look forward to more years of her reign. I was around at the time, but only four-years-old, however I did serve Her Majesty for 25 years in her armed forces, and still have the greatest respect for her.”

The tree planting has now been officially registered and uploaded to the Queen’s Green Canopy map as part of the #plantatreeforthejubilee campaign, a national map showing all the trees that have been planted across the country as part of the Jubilee Celebrations.