Oak trees planted to mark Royal Platinum Jubilee

Three of Hyndburn’s green flag award-winning parks have become homes to new oak trees, specially planted to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Councillors attended official ceremonies to place the new additions in their picturesque settings.

One oak was planted in Mercer Park by Council Leader Miles Parkinson OBE, who commented:

‘Ten years ago more than 3000 people came out to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Accrington town centre. By planting these trees we’re leaving a lasting tribute of that same respect and reverence that Hyndburn has for Her Majesty.’

These sentiments were echoed by Mayor Kathleen Pratt, who planted her tree, fittingly, at Oak Hill Park and said:

‘For so many Hyndburn residents, myself included, the Queen’s reign has been ever-present from childhood into adulthood. To plant trees that will literally take root in our community and provide a strong, reassuring presence makes perfect sense.’

The third oak was placed in Rhyddings Park by opposition leader Cllr. Marlene Haworth, who paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, saying:

‘Becoming the first ever British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee is a momentous milestone. And after all the celebratory fun of the planned parades and street parties has died down, these trees will provide a peaceful and lasting tribute.’

After the oaks had been successfully planted, the Councillors joined Cllr Rennie Pinder, MP Sara Britcliffe and Barrie Pratt, Mayor’s Consort, at Accrington Town Hall to raise a glass in an official toast to the Queen. A card expressing congratulations was also signed by all in attendance and sent to The Queen via Royal Mail.