Planting of the Coronation Tree

by | 11 December 2023 | Heritage, Retford

A Yew tree, Taxus Fastigiata, was planted in St Swithun’s Churchyard on Thursday 9th November to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.

Since March this year Retford Civic Society (RCS) has worked with Churchwarden, John Coates, to obtain the necessary permissions from Southwell Diocese for the type of tree and its positioning. Bassetlaw District Council Public Gardens Officer, Sid Lusby, has been on site to advise, Green Mile Trees provided the tree, Retford Memorials made the granite plaque and RCS funded the project.

On the day a group of churchgoers and RCS members gathered for coffee and biscuits in the Lady Chapel. Afterwards, outside next to the tree, the Chairman, Derek Turner, said how important it is to mark important national events and that it was only last year that we planted a cherry tree in Kings’ Park for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The new Yew tree is a symbol of rebirth and therefore, hope… and it should grow to 40 feet in the next 1,000 years!

The Reverend Reuben Crossley thanked RCS for the tree and all its continuing support. He then blessed the tree and everyone involved in the project.