On Sunday 21st November 2021, at a 11.15 a very distinguished guest and long-time volunteer of the Limpsfield Task Force ceremonially planted the OAK TREE on behalf of the Friends of Limpsfield Common (FoLC). Brian Longley, aged 98, did a fabulous job on behalf of the crowd who attended this lovely and very moving community event.
The idea for the ceremonial planting came about when Prince Charles announced the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’, a mass planting of trees from November 2021 – October 2022 by individuals, families, community groups and businesses.
In fact, a wonderful array of tree planting will take place across the country to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years of service to this country.
It seemed very fitting that another nonagenarian would be the ceremonial “planter” of our Oak tree in Limpsfield!
FoLC Chairman Yves le Hur introduced the event, emphasising that “there was no better way to honour Her Majesty”.
The Limpsfield Task Force Volunteers had organised the hole digging, the tree guard and the planting, with the Friends of Limpsfield Common Committee, making it all happen with the support of the National Trust.
Despite a cold wind, the warmth of the occasion was felt by all when the onlookers all joined in to sing ‘God Save the Queen’, followed by a hearty three Cheers of Hip Hip Hooray.
We hope that this new Oak Tree on the Common (opposite the Carpenters Arms pub) will see Limpsfield flourish over many decades, and that the Oak Tree becomes an important landmark as people get out and about, enjoying nature and the great outdoors on Limpsfield Common.
Don’t forget FoLC post regularly on their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/folimpsfieldcommon
To become a Member of the Friends of Limpsfield Common please complete the online membership form: https://form.jotform.com/202643003650341
All photos by Mike Collins