WDVTA has now recorded thousands of veteran and significant trees across the Borough.
As you can see from from the database summary there are still more to
be surveyed in some parishes but work is progressing well.
WDVTA is now recording trees planted in public places for memorial and commemorative purposes,
for example, the lime tree planted in 2011 in Langborough Recreation Ground as a memorial to Wokingham
beekeeper, Albert Spragg.
Here is a map of our recorded memorial and commemorative trees. It's a Google
map using standard Google controls so, for example, you can zoom in and out
using the + / - controls in the lower left corner of the map and you can
open a full screen display with the icon in the grey area at top right. Each circular
icon on the map can be activated to give you
further details of the tree at that location. The icon in the top left corner in the grey area
opens a side window with further display options:
The red tick boxes allow you to select just the commemorative trees or just the
The ' v ' icons provide expanded information or additional links.
The green rectangle opens the satellite view.
When in full screen mode the side window shows a red header area with hamburger icon
(top left) and ellipsis (top right) offering further options.
We are always looking for examples of other commemorative or memorial trees that should be recorded within
the Borough, whether or not they still survive. We would be especially interested, in this year when
the start of First World War is being remembered, if there are, or were, any trees planted in memory
of people involved.
Any information would be gratefully received especially if accompanied by details of the tree
species, location, date of planting and person or event commemorated. Photographs would be especially
welcome. If you do have some information, please use the nomination button below and fill in the form
describing the tree or trees in question.
a spreadsheet listing the trees already recorded.
Each tree or group of trees has a reference number in the first column
a blank recording form
a number of folders each named with the reference number from the spreadsheet. The folders
contain photos or documents associated with that planting
If you have any problems downloading any of these files contact the
Datamanager for assistance.
Jubilee oak planting
WBC/WDVTA Diamond Jubilee Tree Planting project
October 2012 Trees at Barcham's nursery prior to being delivered to Wokingham Borough.
(Photo: Derek Oxbrough)
In June 2012 Wokingham Borough Council invited WDVTA to collaborate with the officers of the Trees and Landscape team
to organise the planting of 60 standard English oak trees across the borough to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Barbara Stagles agreed to join the working group and acted as Jubilee Trees coordinator on behalf of WDVTA.
This was a wonderful opportunity to plant English oaks in places where they could grow to their full glory and be enjoyed
by future generations. So many lovely old oaks have been lost in recent years and many face threats from ground compaction by
roads and paved areas, heavy pruning, and disease. The Jubilee trees should give pleasure to the people of Wokingham for decades,
perhaps even centuries. They will also help remind everyone of Wokingham's history as part of Windsor Forest.
Finding the sites
Many suggestions were received for sites and over 50 requests were put forward for consideration by a working group
of members of the WDVTA committee and the Borough Council Trees and Landscape Team. After careful assessment of each site,
it was decided that the trees should be planted on 44 sites in the borough, including public open spaces,
churchyards, nature reserves, roadside verges and school grounds. The towns of Earley, Wokingham and Woodley would all have trees planted,
as well as the parishes of Arborfield and Newland, Barkham, Finchampstead, Hurst, Ruscombe, Shinfield, Swallowfield,
Twyford, Wargrave, Sonning and Winnersh.
Care was taken to ensure the chosen sites were as well distributed across the borough as possible.
Buying and planting the trees
The trees were bought from Barcham's nursery, Cambridge in June 2012.
Heartwood Tree Surgery, project subcontractors, planted the trees in the winter 2012/13. The firm is contracted to monitor and
maintain the trees for five years.
The trees were between five and seven years old and almost four metres tall when they were planted.
Since their planting all except two of the trees have grown very well. The two that failed to thrive (#16 and #26)
have been replaced.
Each tree has a numbered memorial plaque and has been recorded in the Woodland Trust's Royal Record.
Ceremonial tree planting events
Ceremonial planting ceremonies including community groups took place in the 42 sites during 2012/13.
The first ceremony was held at Wokingham
Borough Council offices at Shute End on 24 November 2012 where the Mayor of Wokingham, Councillor Bob Wyatt,
officiated. At the ceremony in Cantley Park in March 2013, Cllr David Lee, Leader of Wokingham Borough Council
and initiator of the project, welcomed trees #59 and #60.
From October 1st - 31st there was a display in the entrance hall at the Shute End Borough Council
offices describing the Wokingham Jubilee Trees planting project and showing photos of all the trees
and the celebration events - including some delightful riddles created by Hawthorns Primary School
young students about the wildlife that can be found in oak trees.
Leaflets about the planting project complete with a map showing the locations of
planting sites were on display. Copies of the leaflets are still available from the
Jubilee trees project coordinator.
Coralie Ramsey, Barbara Stagles, Cllr. Ulla-Karin Clark (Wokingham Borough Mayor) and Oliver Ward (Heartwood Trees) at the Jubilee Trees
Exhibition opening ceremony at Shute End (Photo courtesy of WBC)
Cllr. Ulla-Karin Clark and Stephanie McKay (Hawthorns School) at the Jubilee Trees
Exhibition showing riddles created by pupils at the school (Photo courtesy of WBC)
Jubilee trees bring local benefits
As well as the trees being widely welcomed for their own sake, the planting and associated events
have generated considerable community interest among voluntary groups and local residents. All the sites
are attractive and environmentally valuable and many have an interesting history. The presence of the
Jubilee trees may well encourage people to visit places they would not otherwise know about and in
some instances it has led to suggestions
about further improvements to the sites including ideas for additional tree planting.