Tree to mark the King’s Coronation planted in Corby

Parks, sports and leisure

28 November 2023

Coronation tree being planted by Lord Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and representatives from North Northamptonshire Council, local volunteers and pupils from Studfall Junior School have come together to celebrate and plant an official Coronation tree in Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods.

The planting coincided with National Tree week and Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods was chosen by NNC as the location for the official tree in North Northants because of its history - both in age and Royal connections.

The woods are a 75ha complex of Ancient Woodland, woodland, scrub and grassland located in the centre of Corby and surrounded completely by built development including Corby town centre and the Corby Parkland Gateway civic quarter. It is estimated to date back to around 800AD and the woodland is largely composed of ash and oak trees, although conifers are also present.

In 2022, the woods were chosen to be part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands to be dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth 2 in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee and this Royal connection now continues, with the planting of the new tree.

The Lord-Lieutenant, James Saunders Watson said: ”I am extremely grateful to the Queen’s Green Canopy team who have donated the funds for this oak tree and the accompanying plaque to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. It is a great honour to plant this important oak in Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods, which had the honour of being one of the large areas of woodland dedicated to Her Late Majesty to mark her Platinum Jubilee.”

Cllr Harriet Pentland, the council’s Executive Member for Climate and Green Environment, said: “It was an honour to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in the planting of this very important tree in Hazel and Thoroughsale woods to commemorate His Majesty’s coronation. As well as the history the tree symbolises, it is part of an extensive tree planting scheme North Northamptonshire Council undertake and every single tree planted helps make a positive difference to our natural environment.”

This woodland is actively managed by NNC through the Woodland Project with support from the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods. Much of the practical management work is undertaken by the Woodland Manager, two Parks and Woodland Rangers and regular volunteers.

There are six Friends Of groups in Corby with the Friends Of Hazel and Thoroughsale being the largest group, offering daily activities throughout the week for volunteers.

Find out more about the Woodland project and how to get involved.