Pear tree planted at fire station marks launch of Queen’s initiative

18th May

A stunning Callery Pear Pyrus Calleryana was planted yesterday outside Heathfield Fire Station to kick off the Heathfield Show’s celebration of the Jubilee and launch the county’s tree planting initiative.

Children and teachers from nearby Cross in Hand School joined in the momentous event which involved Sara Stonor DL, Vice Lord Lieutenant and President of the Heathfield Agricultural Show, planting the tree. Also in attendance was David Allam DL, the Queen’s Green Canopy liaison officer for East Sussex, the Chairman of Heathfield Agricultural Show, Rita Dingwall, and Vice Chairman Bill Gower.

The Heathfield Show was chosen as the East Sussex launch event for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee initiative to “Plant a tree for the Jubilee”. Another tree will be planted at the showground on Saturday 28th May.

In a speech before planting the tree Sara Stoner said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a unique and wonderful anniversary. It has never happened before and it’s unlikely to happen again. It’s particularly important that the children are here because in future you will be able to tell your children and grand children you were here and every time you pass the tree you can have a look and see how it’s getting on.

“Planting trees was the Queen’s suggestion to mark this special anniversary and to plant a huge number of trees – a nationwide green canopy. Nowadays we are all aware of the damage done by pollution and climate change and there is no better way of combatting pollution than with trees. The more trees we plant the better so let’s plant as many as we can across East Sussex.”

Rita Dingwall added: “Heathfield Show is extremely proud to have been awarded the honour of launching the Queen’s Canopy initiative for East Sussex. Thank you to Heathfield Fire Station for hosting the event and Brighter Heathfield for agreeing to water the tree.”

The Woodland Trust sponsored the two trees, a Callery Pear Pyrus Calleryana which has beautiful blossom in the spring and wonderful coloured leaves in the autumn, and a traditional oak. The trees were sourced from English Woodlands in Cross in Hand.

The Woodland Trust has donated ‘leaf swatches’ for the school children to help in identifying English native trees as a memento of the occasion.

A wooden plaque made of English Elm has been crafted by local craftsman Andy Nicholson from Sussex Fabrication to mark the occasion.

Each tree planted will be marked on the national digital map created to track the Jubilee tree plantings on the QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country.

Whether you’re joining neighbours or a community group, or planting as a school or organisation, every tree makes a difference.

Any trees planted from October 2021 to the end of the jubilee year in 2022 can be part of the QGC. Tree planting season is October to March – this is when roots are dormant and new trees will have the best chance of flourishing.

The Heathfield Show takes place on Saturday 28th May 2022. You can purchase your tickets here