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Jubilee tree planted in Gloucester

As part of events to mark the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Gloucestershire's Lord Lieutenant, Edward Gillespie, has planted a tree in Hillfield Gardens in Gloucester.

The tree, a multi-stemmed silver birch, is one of three allocated to the county. Three hundred and fifty trees were used to create a special Tree of Trees outside Buckingham Palace in the summer, and they have now been distributed around the UK.

In a short ceremony, Mr Gillespie thanked the volunteers who work alongside the city council to maintain the Victorian Gardens.

Julia Hurrell, chairman of The Friends of Hillfield Gardens said it was an honour for the gardens to receive one of these special trees and hoped that people in the city would come and visit.

The Rev Luke Falvey said prayers to commemorate the Queen's reign and to bless the tree.

Hillfield Gardens are located near St Catharine's Church off London Road. Over the past 20 years, the Friends have cared for and improved this precious inner city green space.

They have created a new sensory and woodland garden, which includes timber sculptures designed by local school children. There are regular community gardening sessions and patients from a local hospital use Hillfield for occupational therapy.

Hillfield Gardens received the Tree of Trees to mark its royal connection, with Gloucester Cathedral the burial place of King Edward II, who died in 1327.

Hillfield Gardens are a green lung for the city, located in Kingsholm, one of the poorest and most deprived districts in the UK.

The other trees will be planted at Chipping Camden Cricket club and the county's Girl Guide HQ at Cowley.

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