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Tunbridge Wells Common welcomes a new oak tree

The ceremonial planting of an oak tree took place on Tunbridge Wells Common on 30 November 2023, to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Hugh Patterson, was joined for the occasion by the Junior Heads of Houses of Broadwater Down Primary School, Ian Marshall, Chair of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons Conservators, and local councillors. An oak tree, seen as a symbol of growth, strength, and unity, has been planted in honour of past coronations and as a testament to the enduring legacy of Tunbridge Wells. The oldest tree was planted around 1700 to commemorate the visits, between 1684 and 1698, of the Princess Anne (later Queen) and for her Coronation.

The tree planting initiative reflects the Council’s commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and the preservation of local heritage. Tunbridge Wells Common, already home to several coronation trees, is recognised as a significant location for such ceremonial plantings. The new oak tree, chosen for its longevity and significance, now stands proudly on the common, adding to the rich tapestry of this historical space (what three words location: aims.local.transmitted).

Speaking to the school students and others present at the event, the Mayor emphasised the importance of community collaboration and the explained the symbolic gesture of planting a tree. Ian Marshall, expressed gratitude to the school for their active participation, emphasising the enduring legacy the oak tree represents. The tree, a living monument, will serve as a reminder of the commitment to a sustainable and thriving community for generations to come.

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