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Marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Planting a Sweet Chestnut in Barnwood Park, Gloucester, from left, Ron Keasley, Justin Hobbs, Ann Jones, Torill Freeman and Barry Wellington

Date Issued: 30 November 2012


The RFS Gloucestershire Division has marked National Tree Planting week by planting a Sweet Chestnut in the grounds of Barnwood Park, Gloucester, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Torill Freeman, Chairman of the Division, planted the tree which was supplied by RFS Committee Member Barry Wellington of Elmcroft Tree Nurseries, Newent.

Justin Hobbs, Gloucester City Council Tree Officer, chose the site which is cared for by the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum. The Friends were represented at the ceremony by Ron Keasley, Chairman, and his wife Elaine who is Secretary. Also in attendance Ann Jones, Hon Secretary Gloucestershire Division RFS.

Torill said: “It was a pleasure to mark National Tree Planting Week and the Jubilee and to help to plant a standard Sweet Chestnut tree in a little-known but obviously well-loved park on the edge of Gloucester. The park has some magnificent old Victorian specimens in the arboretum and lovely open areas for lovers of outdoor spaces.”

The Royal Forestry Society is dedicated to the wise management of trees and to increasing people’s understanding of forestry. Members include landowners and managers, ecologists and students as well as others with an interest in woodland management.

There are 21 Divisions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of which organises a number of woodland visits. To find out more visit