22 May 2023

Coronation tree planted by the mayor

Coronation tree planted by the mayor

A TREE has been planted by the mayor of Lyme Regis to mark the coronation of King Charles III.

Cllr Michaela Ellis planted a Red Oak in Langmoor Gardens, joined by mayor’s consort Alan Ellis and deputy mayor Cllr Cheryl Reynolds.

A plaque will be unveiled at a later date.

The Red Oak, or Quercas rubra, was chosen as oaks have become associated with longevity, strength, stability, endurance, fertility, power, justice and honesty.

It is known for its flaming autumn colour and is popular with nesting birds and pollinators.

Cllr Ellis said: “I felt it was important we marked the coronation of King Charles III and the planting of a tree will create a lasting memory of this historic event.

“It is an honour to be a part of this occasion and indeed to have been mayor during such a memorable year, which included the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the death of the Queen, the reading of the King’s official proclamation from the Guildhall steps, and finally the coronation.

“Thank you to the council’s external works’ team who worked extremely hard to remove an old flower bed to make way for the tree, which now sits alongside the community garden.”