RESIDENTS from Hampton Lovett and Westwood joined together to plant the first tree of a new copse to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

People gathered in a field adjacent to St Mary and All Saints Church in Hampton Lovett on Saturday, September 29.

Residents were joined by representatives from Hampton Lovett and Westwood Parish Council, Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council together with the Reverend Canon Peter Kerr.

The event saw the first oak planted on the land that will form the new copse of native British trees.

The official ceremony saw county councillor Maurice Broomfield, district and county councillor Tony Miller and district councillor Alan Fisher wield spades to plant the tree, which was blessed and watered by Reverend Canon Peter Kerr. The task was completed by some of the younger children in attendance, complete with small Union flags.

The whole project has been supported by the owners of the land.