A Jubilee legacy for Budleigh Salterton with the planting of an oak
Generations of Budleigh Salterton residents will have a lasting reminder of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year with the planting of a commemorative oak tree in the town, donated by the Lord Clinton Charitable Trust.
The oak was planted on The Green, adjacent to Moormead, in ceremony this week involving the Clinton family and members of the Budleigh Salterton Town Council.
Budleigh Salterton was one of eleven parish and town councils across North and East Devon to receive funds from the Lord Clinton Charitable Trust towards community celebrations or projects to mark the Queen's Jubilee.
Town Clerk Jo Vanstone said: "The donation for the Jubilee was greatly appreciated. As we weren't having a town council event we decided it was appropriate to plant a tree. With the amount received we were able to purchase a substantial tree which meant that we actually needed a digger to get it into place! It really is a beautiful specimen and will be enjoyed by the town for many, many years to come."
The tree was supplied by East Devon District Council's Parks Department with help and advice from Parks Development Officer Mark Pollard.
Lord and Lady Clinton and their son Charles Fane-Trefusis attended the planting ceremony with Estates Head of Property and Land, Leigh Rix. Mayor Courtney Richards, District Councillors Alan Dent, Steve Hall and Tom Wright also came along to mark the occasion.
A commemorative plaque will be placed next to the tree early in the New Year.