Eastnor Tree Planting 2022

On the morning of Sunday 6th March 2022, the District planted a lime tree at Eastnor (in the Deer Park) to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You’ll see below pictures of the Deer Park, the tree planting by the District Chair Pauline Richardson and James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst of Eastnor.

The following is a short summary of the background to this event:

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Eastnor and Scouting have a long history, with Lord Baden-Powell handing over the position of Chief Scout to his friend, Lord Somers, grandfather of Mr James Hervey-Bathurst.

The history of Scouts planting trees in the Eastnor Estate Deer Park goes back to 1937 when Lord Baden-Powell himself visited a camp of 10,000 Scouts and Guides at Eastnor.  To commemorate that event 3 Oaks were planted in a triangle and a plaque was placed on a stone in the middle of these 3 trees.

In 1977 to celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee, a camp was held in the Deer Park for the whole of the Malverns District Scouts, during which a forth Oak tree was planted in close proximity to the original 3.

In 2007 when Scouting celebrated its centenary a new plaque was fixed alongside the one which marked the 1937 event.

During the 1980’s several trees were planted in the Deer Park dedicated to those who had been ‘called to higher service’ after having given service to Scouting in this District.

Today we are very pleased to have been given permission by Mr James Hervey-Bathurst and the Eastnor Estate to plant this tree as part of Scouting’s celebration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee, and the Green Canopy.

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