Cherry trees to be planted to commemorate Queen's 90th
Published on: 01 Aug 2016
FLOWERING cherry trees are to be planted in Downend to celebrate the Queen’s ninetieth birthday year.
Nine Tai haku white-flowered Japanese ornamental cherry trees – one for each decade of the Queen’s life – have been donated to Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom by the housebuilder Cotswold Homes, which is constructing nine new homes on its site next to Badminton Road Methodist Church.
Chris Boulton, chairman of Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom, said: "‘The name of the development, Princess Way, was chosen to celebrate first birthday of Princess Charlotte in May and the trees for the Queen are to be planted in Downend’s King George V Park, so you could say this is a right Royal sponsorship by Cotswold Homes."
Although the trees will not be planted until the autumn, Chris and Terri Hayes-Pugh, Cotswold Homes’ head of sales and marketing, have already visited a local nursery to select them.
Welcoming Cotswold Homes’ support, Chris added: ‘All our members are volunteers and our activities are reliant on sponsorship of this kind, as well as grants and donations. By providing trees and shrubs, floral displays in the summer and bulbs and flowers in winter, we hope local people will feel proud of their area and that this will enhance the sense of community.’
By the time the Queen’s trees are in blossom next spring, all the new homes at Princess Way will have been completed and occupied.
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