New trees to mark Jubilee

Published: Friday 30th December 11

Wandsworth will shortly be planting six new black poplar trees to mark next year’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mayor receiving Jubilee saplingsThe mayor, Cllr Jane Cooper, joined representatives from all 32 London boroughs to collect the trees from Sir David Attenborough at a special ceremony in Holland Park .

The trees were donated by black poplar expert Roger Jefcoate. The saplings were 'grown on' at Holland Park by gardeners from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The trees will be planted throughout the capital to mark next year's celebrations. In Wandsworth they will be planted in six different locations early in the new year - one each in Wandsworth, Balham, Battersea, Tooting, Roehampton and Putney.

The ceremony was organised by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer. He said:

"The black poplar initiative epitomizes the inclusivity that I am seeking to bring to next year's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and I hope that all 7.5 million residents in the 32 boroughs will become involved.  I encourage you to participate fully in next year's events whether it is locally or centrally in the national celebrations planned for the June Bank Holiday Weekend."

Cllr Cooper said:

"It was an honour to receive these trees on behalf of the people of Wandsworth. They will serve as a living reminder of the Queens Jubilee for many years to come."

The picture shows the mayor and representatives from the other London boroughs at the Holland Park ceremony.



Notes to editors


  • The black poplar [Populus nigra betulifolia], a large native tree, used to flourish across the whole of England but is now rare.  Prior to 1850 (when they were still being planted) the trees were heavily involved in British industry.  Naturally fire resistant and generally resilient, the timber has been found in buildings, carts and wagons, scaffolding, farm equipment and matches.  Black poplar wood has also been identified in floorboards and arrows on the Mary Rose and in First World War rifle butts and the tree appears in John Constable's famous 1821 painting, The Hay Wain.


  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is next June. Celebrations will include a pageant of boats led by the Queen departing along the river from Battersea on June 3. The flotilla will stretch back to Hammersmith


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