Slideshow: Jubilee Oaks project in Oakham

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Plaques in memory of two long-serving county councillors have been fixed to trees, marking the last stage of a jubilee wood project.

Oakham Town Partnership led a project called Jubilee Oaks to plant 60 trees in Oakham to commemorate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Oak trees were chosen not just because of the link with the town’s name but because of the tree’s association with pride and heritage.

Volunteers have been working hard to plant the trees and the last stage was fixing plaques to trees planted off Alsthorpe Road in memory of long-serving county councillors Rob Toy and Colin Forsyth.

High Sheriff of Rutland Bart Hellyer thanked project coordinator Richard Adams for the hard work he had put into making the Jubilee Oaks project such a success.

Mr Adams, of Trent Road, Oakham, said the partnership had worked with Oakham 
Town Council, Rutland County Council and the Woodland Trust to identify areas where the trees could be planted.

Half the trees were planted on six sites off Stamford Road, Alsthorpe Road, Welland Way, Lonsdale Way, the Royce Playing Field and All Saints’ churchyard.

The remaining 30 trees were planted in the Brooke Hill Community Wood: which is on the edge of town between Brooke Hill and Braunston Road.

Each tree was sponsored by a range of businesses and organisations, including Churches Together in Oakham, the Oakham Memorial Institute, Rutland Radio and the Oakham Town Council.

But Mr Adams said the majority of interest came from local residents and families wishing to celebrate anniversaries, to give a tree as a gift to children or grandchildren, or in memory of family members.

One family dedicated a tree in the wood to “Happy Memories of Brooke Hill School”.