Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet


Planting of the Jubilee Oak Tree in Bures Hamlet to celebrate
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee
(1952 - 2012).




Bures Hamlet Parish Council successfully applied to Braintree District Council for a Jubilee Oak - part of Braintree Council's 'Green Heart of Essex' initiative giving every parish or ward in the district the opportunity to claim a free commemorative oak tree to plant in their community.

At 11 am on Thursday 8th December, 2011 on Bures Common, the oak was planted together with a time capsule, sponsored by local businessman Chris Mortimer.
The capsule has been loaded with memorabilia by the children of Bures CofE Primary School, under the direction of its Head, Mrs. Christine Furniss.

The community hopes that the oak's position will enhance for generations both present and future, a view that is already memorable.

BCTV represented by Gemma Slaven assisted with the planting. BCTV is a social enterprise group enabling people to make a difference in their lives and improve their environment.

Bures Hamlet Parish Council is one of over 70 parishes across the Braintree district who will be planting their Jubilee Oak during the autumn and winter months.

Christine Furniss (Headteacher, left of tree) with the children,
from Bures Primary School.

Chris Mortimer (Horticulturist)and Gemma Slaven (BCTV)
make sure the tree is vertical.

The children from the Primary School all eager to assist
with the planting.

David Lee (Chairman of Bures Hamlet Parish Council) and
John Evans (Tree Warden)

Peter Holbrook (District Councillor) with spade.
Foreground left:- Caroline Holbrook and Sue Ryman

David Lee:- Hamlet Parish Council Chairman

Ken Jackson (Bures Transition), Gemma Slaven,
Chris Mortimer and John Evans

Time to think about the future !
Also in attendance were Alan Ryman and Leigh Alston.
(Bures Common Trustees)