Tree planting to mark Queen's 70 years on throne

Torbay Weekly

A tree has been planted beside the Grand Western Canal east of Rock Bridge, near Halberton including a plaque to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee.

Friday March 11 was chosen as it is the seventieth day of the year in which The Queen marks the seventieth anniversary of her accession.
The Chairman of Mid Devon Council, Cllr Ray Radford, who planted the tree, was joined by the authority's Tree Officer, the cabinet member for environment and climate change, the chairman of Halberton Parish Council and the country park manager Mark Baker.

Cllr Radford said: “I am delighted on behalf of the Council to be planting this tree in conjunction with hundreds of civic colleagues across the nation in order to commemorate such a historic event in her Majesty’s reign.  I am also delighted, as Chairman of the Grand Western Canal Joint Advisory Committee, to be planting the tree in such a beautiful spot alongside the canal.”
Country Park Manager Mark Baker said: “We have been planting lots of trees recently and this will be a welcome addition to that effort as sadly we have had to fell a lot of ash trees along the canal due to Ash Dieback, including some quite close to this location."

AS plaque was also unveiled to mark the occasion.

A Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years of a monarch's reign.  Queen Elizabeth II will be the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated in June.

There will be four official days of public celebration.  An extended bank holiday, from Thursday June 2 Sunday June 5, will ‘provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.’