Historic year to be captured with time capsule and English Oak

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THE QUEEN’S Diamond Jubilee year will be marked with a tree which should stand for hundreds of years.

The Friends of Bidbury Mead, a popular park in Emsworth, have invited Bidbury Junior School pupils to join them in putting together a feature in the park which everyone can enjoy.

A semi mature English Oak will be planted next month along with a time capsule put together by the children.

In a consultation over the summer 80 per cent of respondents supported the idea and the preferred location on the edge of the cricket pitch.

Elected pupil school governors will talk to their classmates to decide what will be in the time capsule and before it is sealed there will be a chance to see an exhibition of the material.

Headteacher Julie Wood said ‘This is a wonderful opportunity in such a memorable year for the pupils to take part in and create a piece of significant local history.

‘I am sure they will be talking to their friends and families about what they think should be recorded in 2012. I am looking forward to seeing what ideas emerge.’

Jenny Wride, chairman of Bidbury Mead Friends, said: ‘Planting a tree to celebrate the Jubilee seemed an obvious way to provide another environmental improvement to Bidbury Mead as part of the overall strategy for further enhancements at the park.

‘I’m delighted that we have found a great way for local children to be part of this.’