Adopt a community tree as a lasting memory of the Diamond Jubilee

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PEOPLE are being given the opportunity to adopt a tree to mark the Diamond Jubilee year.

Fareham Shopping Centre has teamed up with the award-winning Fareham in Bloom campaign to give residents the chance to adopt a tree for their community.

Free to enter and open to all, residents, schools, community groups and businesses across the town can apply to adopt one of the celebratory trees to be planted around the town centre.

The 60 trees are a variety of field maple with the fitting name of Queen Elizabeth and successful applicants will see their trees planted as part of National Tree Week, from November 25 to December 2.

Sylvie Hasson, from Fareham Shopping Centre ,said: ‘Every year we support the Fareham in Bloom campaign with our children’s competition but this year we wanted to go that little bit further and also do something to mark the Diamond Jubilee year, something that the wider community can get involved in.

‘There are 60 trees available and entries close on Sunday, September 16 so hurry your entries back and one of them could be coming to your community very soon.’

Fareham Borough Council’s horticultural development officer, Matt Wakefield, said: ‘National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration and launches the start of the winter planting season.

‘So what better way to mark the Jubilee year than with an initiative that encourages communities to do something positive for their local treescape.

‘Together with Fareham Shopping Centre, Fareham in Bloom is looking forward to bringing these trees to residents, schools, community groups and businesses across Fareham.’

Application forms are available to pick up around the centre now and entrants can return them to the red postbox near Vision Express by Sunday, September 16.