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Tree planting could make town queen of the Norfolk coast again

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On Monday, October 4, I was present at a well-attended meeting in Hunstanton Town Hall, where members of the public were invited by the town council to put forward ideas for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

It was the second meeting I had attended in George Skipper’s magnificent building this month, and for some perverse reason it brought back memories of a Cliff Richard song entitled Wired for Sound. Sadly, none of the speakers were wired for sound! However, I strained my ears to listen every time someone suggested holding an event of some sort on ‘The Green’.

Eventually, there was a lull in proceedings and I seized the opportunity to announce my own plans for commemorating the event. There was a ripple of laughter when I referred back to May 2002 and my letter to the Lynn News in which I had proposed a ‘Golden Jubilee Pier’ for the town!

Trees planted on The Green in 2012 (52063791)
Trees planted on The Green in 2012 (52063791)

Moving swiftly on to 2012, when, as a town councillor, along with others I had been instrumental in getting most of The Green designated as Queen Elizabeth II Fields, thereby providing another layer of protection on top of the 1955 Covenant and The Green’s very special status within Hunstanton’s unique ‘Conservation Area’.

It was also in 2012 that an environmentally-friendly group of local inhabitants persuaded West Norfolk council to plant some trees on part of The Green. Unfortunately, the council failed to provide the necessary support, comprising ties to four posts, in order to get them established in such a windswept location.

Fortunately, the council is now committed to planting many more trees throughout West Norfolk, and I am proposing that one tree for each year of the monarch’s reign should be planted close to the boundaries of the various parcels of land comprising ‘The Green’, as defined in the 1955 Covenant.

It is quite possible that some members of the community will want to show their respect for Her Majesty by sponsoring a tree in much the same way that flowerbeds in the Esplanade Gardens have been successfully adopted in the past.

There will probably be others, like myself, whose motivation stems from environmental concerns, or a desire to see Hunstanton regaining the reputation it enjoyed in days gone by when British Railways posters dubbed the resort, Queen of the Norfolk Coast!

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