The Friends of the Vines successfully bid for one of the special Heritage Diamond Jubilee trees donated by the Tree Council to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year.
On 26th November at 11am, the Queen’s representative the Lord Lieutenant of Kent Viscount De L’Isle MBE, presided over the tree planting ceremony.
The tree – a Ginkgo Biloba – is one of only 60 to be planted in selected sites throughout the country. The event was introduced by the Chairman of the Friends of the Vines (Bob Ratcliffe) and was also attended by the Mayor and by the Principal, the Head Boy and Head Girl of King’s School. Also in attendance was a group of pupils from St Margaret’s at Troy Town School, each of whom read a poem they had written in praise of the Queen and the Jubilee. The poems will be included in a book that the Tree Council is preparing to present to Her Majesty.