Jubilee Tree for Hilly Fields

George: It never ends, this present stuff! Engagement present! Then they get married, you gonna have to get them something for that! Then the baby, there's another present. Then the baby starts getting their presents. I don't even like Drake.
- Seinfeld

Time for another Jubilee bauble. BrocSoc writes:

22 May - gather from 12.45pm at the cafe on Hilly Fields, where we will be planting the Jubilee Tree donated by the Tree Council at Hilly Fields. Meet at the café from 12.45pm.

Students from Prendergast school will come out at 1.15pm for the ceremony.  Several people from the Brockley 50+ Club, which meets at Brockley Social Club, will share some memories of the Coronation with us and then they and the students  will plant the tree.

This is a prestigious occasion for Brockley as there will be only 60 trees throughout the country to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A digital record of all 60 plantings will be presented to Her Majesty in June. The tree itself will have a smart plaque which will be readable from smartphones.

Please do join us -- Brockley Society tree officers, Friends of Hilly Fields, Seniors, and Prendergast School students -- for this special occasion.

11 comments:

Chris Wheal said...

Shall we open a book on how soon the tree is vandalised?

Brockley Nick said...

Satirical vandalism or chopping-down vandalism?

Chris Wheal said...

We buried my grandfather's ashes under a freshly planted free in the park in Barking where he had worked as a park keeper. The council advised no plaque for many years until the tree had become established and accepted. It reckoned a plaque would make a new tree the target of vandals.

Woodman said...

Sounds great, but I'd love to know how a 'smart plaque' outperforms a traditional bit of wood or metal with words written on it?

Headhunter said...

I'm still amazed that the little twiggy trees at Brockley Cross which were planted without protective cages (despite the council claiming a few years ago that they wouldn't be able to plant trees outside the sorting office without the protective cages) haven't been snapped off yet...

Peter Hill said...

Any chance of some responsible person reliably keeping the tree watered?

So very many trees have been planted in Deptford in the last 20 years, and then left to die with no 'looking after'.

Chris Wheal said...

The park keepers on Hilly Fields have done a great job over recent years. It will be well-looked after, as long as it is not vandalised.

Brockley Nick said...

People are better than you give them credit for

brockleymax said...

What type of tree is it? Indigenous i hope!

Headhunter said...

Don't believe the hype, they're all utter b@stards...

RB said...

Yeah! Bloody foreign trees, coming over here and talking all our soil nutrients.

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