Major Oak leaves a legacy in Stapleford

Left to right Borough Councillor Ray Darby, Mayors’ Escort grand-daughter Amy Daykin, Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Graham Harvey, Mr Norman Lewis MBE, Borough Councillor John McGrath.

Left to right Borough Councillor Ray Darby, Mayors’ Escort grand-daughter Amy Daykin, Mayor of Broxtowe Councillor Graham Harvey, Mr Norman Lewis MBE, Borough Councillor John McGrath.

 

An Oak sapling, grown from an acorn from the world famous Major Oak tree was planted last week in Stapleford.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey joined Norman Lewis MBE, Vice Patron of Sherwood Forest Trust to plant the sapling in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Toton Lane, Stapleford to mark the end of 2016, the Queen’s 90th year.

The sapling was one of a number grown by Mr Lewis, who also has local links with the Friends of Toton Fields community group.  

Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “This is a wonderful way to end 2016 by planting a sapling that comes from a tree more than 1,000 years old. This tree could well be alive in Queen Elizabeth II Park 1,000 years from now. It is also appropriate that Norman Lewis helped to plant the tree as his expert knowledge, care and attention that enabled the sapling to grow from a small acorn’.

The Sherwood Forest Trust also helped with heather seed for heathland restoration projects at the Hemlock Stone, Bramcote Hills Park and Bramcote Ridge and Mr Lewis donated a second tree planted at Hall Om Wong in Kimberley, grown from an acorn from the Parliament Oak, a less well known tree but one with historic importance as it is not only older than the Major Oak, but has a history linking to King John and the Magna Carta.

The Major Oak is one of the most well-known trees in the world and in 2014 was voted the UK Tree of the Year. Before it took its current name, it was known as the Queen Oak, making it even more appropriate that it was planted in Queen Elizabeth II Park at this time.

The Sherwood Forest Trust is the only charity whose sole purpose is the protection, preservation and promotion of Sherwood Forest, an area of 181 square miles that stretches from the City of Nottingham up to the towns of Worksop and Retford. 

For further details about the work of the Trust and how they work in partnership to support Sherwood, please contact us on 01623 821490 or visit www.sherwoodforest.org.uk, make a donation or become a ‘Sherwood Supporter’.

As a UK registered charity they rely on financial support from individual donations and corporate supporters through to major funders.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3507, email grounds@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/parks

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