Planting the King’s Tree at Hoghton Tower
2017 is the 400th anniversary of the visit of King James 1st to Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. As part of the celebrations of this important event, and with the support of the Lancashire Environmental Fund, a commemorative tree will be planted in the beautiful Wilderness Garden at Hoghton Tower. This memorial tree will grow alongside trees planted over the years by famous visitors to the Tower including HRH George V in 1915, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1986 and more recently a beautiful Oak Tree was planted in memory of the local footballing legend, Sir Tom Finney. A time capsule will be buried at the same time all with the help of children from Roebuck Primary School in Preston.
The planting ceremony will take place at Hoghton Tower on 21st March 2017. Children from Roebuck School will be welcomed by Tower’s volunteers and invited to write their own little messages to mark the event which will be placed in the time capsule. They will then be guided to the gardens and, with the expert guidance of the tree supplier JA Jones & Sons Ltd (Southport), will be asked to help with the planting of the tree.
“We were looking for different ways to mark the anniversary of King James 1st visit to Hoghton Tower and planting a tree felt like the right thing to do. All the children involved in this experience will hopefully remember this day and come back to visit their tree and perhaps even come back to help dig up the time capsule in 50 years time! What a great way to celebrate the event, remember Hoghton Tower and help the environment as well! We want to thank the Lancashire Environmental Fund for their generous support for this project” says a Trustee of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust.
Mr Moss, History teacher at Roebuck Primary, said: “The year 4 children have been looking forward to the tree planting for weeks – the opportunity to be part of history doesn’t happen very often. This has sparked an interest in the time period and they will be doing some follow-up work in school. They definitely have a taste for history as a result of getting ‘hands on’ with it”.
About the Lancashire Environmental Fund
The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) is a partnership between Suez Recycling and Recovery Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures. The fund is financed by Landfill Tax donations from Suez Recycling and Recovery Ltd together with a contribution from Lancashire County Council.
Organisations can apply for funding for environmental and community initiatives which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire. Projects to date have included improvements to community facilities, environmental education, general environmental improvements, creation and management of habitats, improvements to parks, gardens, open spaces, play areas, recreational facilities, ponds, canals, rivers and biodiversity.