The Ripley and Heanor News has handed over all the cash you have been collecting for our Jubilee Jam Jars appeal to Amber Valley Borough Council this week.
Since May you have been scouring your houses for loose coppers to help fund a leafy tribute to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee for the town.
And on Monday we presented the whopping £528 you raised to make that happen over to deputy leader of the council Simon Gladwin.
Now, contractors from the council will plan to install the oak trees at Crossley Park, Ripley, Heanor Memorial Park and at Alfreton Park in mid to late November.
However, in a sign of the times a plaque to mark the occasion will not be fitted to the tree because of the likelihood of it being stolen after council experts advised against it.
Amber Valley Borough Council spokesman, Luke Barrett, said: “It’s great to see the results of people’s generosity in reality. This money will go a long way towards providing a lasting legacy for the jubilee and will be a constant reminder to people of the infectious spirit around the occasion.”
The planting will also be recorded as part of the Jubilee Woods project, run by the Woodland Trust, of which Her Majesty the Queen is a patron. Inspired by the discovery of the Royal Record of King George VI’s Coronation, which details thousands of celebration trees, the trust is creating a new record of plantings in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.
That record will be preserved in the British Library for future generations to come as well as being presented to Her Majesty Elizabeth II.
Mr Barrett continued: “The Jubilee Woods website contains details of all the trees planted through the country to mark the occasion and I would encourage people to go on there and see our contribution after the plantings.
“We are also proud at the council to make our own contribution to support this campaign run by the Ripley and Heanor News.”
The News is now inviting all those who kindly donated to our appeal to attend a dedication ceremony in November, where you can witness the formal unveiling of the tree.
Editor Julie Crouch said: “This tree is all about the people of Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton. If you donated, or just want to come along to the ceremony you will be more than welcome. As soon as we have firm dates we will be sure to let you know.”