Dave Ketteridge, Friends of Jubilee Park, Hatfield, writes:
Planting the Kings Green Crown on Jubilee was a job any military planner would have been proud of. Brrrmm, brrrmmm brrrmmm – that was the sound of John Brown’s trusty old JCB getting to work digging the holes for the royal circle, a handful for the last acacias to complete Acacia Avenue, plus a marvellous memory tree near the bird table. Chuggachuggachug – and that’s the lorry bringing the trees from Green Mile Farm near Blyth. Heave-ho, heave-go, heave-ho – and that’s our volunteers dragging trees away to the waiting holes. Of course, we checked that the holes weren’t too deep or we would have had to dig another one a bit shallower. Whammabammaram and that’s the sound of the post rammer thudding support posts into the ground. Five hours later and with frozen fingers and lughole tips, the job was done; support posts in, and soil rammed firmly home. If anyone out there has a hotline to ‘Buck House’, I hope you will let his Carolean Majesty know he will be welcome any time to come and admire our handiwork. The circle is created around two veteran sycamores that survived from an original circle planted when the park was first opened. The real beauty of the whole scheme is that these lovely trees will be doing what they do best – supporting wildlife and capturing carbon from the atmosphere for generations to come.
If you are feeling gloomy about our planet’s prospects – don’t despair, there are so many marvellous things happening worldwide in terms of technology and top level decision making, that you could be surprised at the progress being made. After all, for big business there’s no profit to be made in a dead planet.
We’ve had some nippy weather lately and if it wasn’t for our furry friends with the pleading eyes, we would stay curled in front of a warm radiator. I do like the saying ‘There’s nothing more friendly than a wet dog’. A new study has shown that pet dogs, of which there are 13 million in the UK, can have a dramatic effect on our health, staving off dementia and keeping us cheery and staying in touch with other human beings. As expected, cats don’t have a same exercise effect, but petting a pet can be very settling. Got to leave my computer now and take what’s-her-name for a walk.
Feature image: Volunteers at work planting the King’s Green Crown