Following the publicity about our stolen Jubilee Oak, we have received an email from Mr Alexander George, Deputy Land Agent for the Sandringham Estate, offering us a new Jubilee Oak. This has now arrived safely, and is a few years older than the last one – big enough to be surrounded by some protection.
Darren Shepherd will be doing the planting honours again, as in March, and we will let all Friends know when planting will take place. Barbara Winfield thought it would be nice to have a special Guiseley guest at the event, so ideas for who that could be are welcome.
If anyone has any thoughts about protecting the tree, do let us know. Josie pondered that a surrounding ditch covered in leaves might do the trick, and Andy wondered about hiring a Barghest.
The Friends of Parkinson’s Park would also like to publically thank Mr George and the Sandringham Estate for their thoughtfulness. Oak trees grow for around, 300 years, stand in maturity for around 300 years, and take a further 300 years to decay. In Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, which has been an Estate since the time of the Normans and so protected from development, there is an oak tree that is thought to have started life around 1350 – the time of the Black Death. It is amazing to think that one tree has borne witness to so much history, and that the Jubilee oak has the potential to do the same.