Starkholmes Allotments Plant a Tree for Jubilee

Left to right Cllr David Hughes, Wendy Derrick, Sharon Shirley, Mayor Paul Cruise, Barbra Marriott and Liz Cruise

Starkholmes allotments celebrated the Queens Platinum Jubilee by planting a tree over the Jubilee weekend on their Matlock allotments! The Queens Green Canopy project, is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

The allotment holders decided that they wanted to mark the Queens 70th anniversary in style, so invitations were sent out to Deputy Lieutenant Nick Hodgson, Matlock Mayor and Councillor Paul Cruise, Barbara Marriott from Matlock in Bloom, Councillor David Hughes and Jamie Quince-Starkey, Founder and Director of Down To Earth Derby, a Community Interest Company. They all accepted the invitation and expressed their delight in having the opportunity to attend. Unfortunately on the day Deputy Lieutenant Nick Hodgson couldn’t make it, although he is coming along to visit the allotments in July. Apologies were received from Sarah Dines MP and Paul Howgill from the National Allotment Society.

Despite Sunday 5th June being forecast for rain all day it didn’t deter everyone from having a marvellous time. There was an excellent turnout from the local community who helped by providing cakes, cups and saucers, hot water and tea, some special touches were put together by the plot holders and were appreciated by the guests, such as the handmade corsages, ribbons and bunting and handmade thank you cards, Mayor Paul Cruise commented “the day felt really special he felt like he was at a wedding!”

During the tree planting ceremony the rain let up for a short while, during which time the ribbons were cut on the beautiful Greengage Tree and a shovel full of soil was ceremoniously scattered over its base, the tree dedication ceremony was followed by lots of tea and cake!

Everyone was in agreement that the event went really well and a special thanks to everyone who made it happen.