Around 2 years ago Bournville Tree Wardens decided to organise the planting of an oak tree to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
On 30th May this year, the oak tree, which was purchased by Bournville Village Landscapes, was planted by the Trust’s Chairman, Roger Cadbury, in parkland adjacent to Weoley Hill Village Hall just beyond the tennis courts, using the ceremonial spade which was also used by Dame Elizabeth Cadbury on 12 May 1937 to plant a tree on Bournville Village Green to commemorate the coronation of the Queen’s father, George VI.
Roger Cadbury was accompanied by his wife Lesley and in attendance were Weoley Hill residents, members of the BVT management team, members of Bournville Village Landscapes and some of the Tree Wardens. Also in attendance were members of Northfield Manor Junior and Infants School Gardening Club who had come along with their spades to help the Chairman with the tree planting.
A small plaque has been placed adjacent to the tree recording the ceremony so that future generations will know why the tree was planted.
After the ceremony, everyone was invited to Weoley Hill Village Hall for tea, homemade scones with cream and jam and homemade lemonade.
The good news is that since the day of the ceremony there has been no requirement to water the tree due to the weather!
Bob Blackham; Chair, Bournville Tree Wardens