Chesterford Research Park commemorates Jubilee by planting a tree with ‘Royal’ connections

THE team at Chesterford Research Park marked the Diamond Jubilee with the planting of a Royal Oak in the park grounds.

The parkland at the research park extends to almost 100 hectares and includes tranquil woodland, arable land, amenity grassland, ponds and hedgerows. The young tree has been planted at the edge of the Arboretum, close to the 19th century Mansion House which now serves as offices for small to medium sized businesses.

The Arboretum is the most important surviving element of the historic park landscape and boasts an excellent collection of mature trees, set within fine lawns.

The newly planted Royal Oak joins other unusual tree specimens including Blue Atlas Cedar, Dawn Redwood and Incense Cedar. The oldest trees in the collection were planted in the early 1800s and today form a wonderful vista enjoyed by tenants and visitors alike.

Mick Player, head groundsman said: “Having worked here for 24 years I never tire of the beautiful view and peaceful atmosphere at the park. It’s particularly pleasing to be able to add to the already beautiful surroundings with the addition of this little Royal Oak, which hopefully will be here for many to enjoy for years to come.”

In addition to the ceremonial tree planting tenants at Chesterford Research Park were also able to enjoy a Diamond Jubilee lunch in the Nucleus restaurant to mark the occasion. The traditional British fare included fish and chips and homemade scones topped with strawberries and cream.