Royal Oak Planted in Rectory Park
The final phase of an enhancement project in Rectory Park between Hollyfield Primary School, the Friends of Rectory Park and the Woodland Trust took place on 9 November 2012. Over 400 cell-grown trees had been planted already this year, to create new hedges and a new copse, and the project culminated with the planting of a tree - 'The Royal Oak' - grown by the Woodland Trust from an acorn produced on the Royal Estates.
The school children arrived with spades and trowels to plant our very own Royal Oak and 25 other oak saplings. However, before the planting of the young plants George Hedge, the FoRP's tree project manager, gave the children a talk on the life of an oak tree and told them that the tree would not be fully matured in their life time but they should follow its progress as it grows. Each child and supporting teachers were given a young oak sapling to plant alongside our Royal Oak.
The children then went to look at the Field In Trust, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Plaque awarded to Rectory Park earlier this year when Rectory Park came top of all Birmingham Parks and eleventh in the Country.