Fury over 'mistakenly' felled Queen's Jubilee tree in Immingham

Ann Sears with the Women's Institute Queen's tree plaque after the tree in Immingham was chopped down
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A row has broken out after a tree in Immingham honouring the late Queen was chopped down.

It was planted to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70 years as monarch in 2022.

Former members of Immingham Women's Institute chose a silver birch for St Andrew's garden in the town. But, last week, it was chopped down, along with another WI tree planted over 20 years ago. The chestnut tree was named "Henry" and looked after, along with the rest of the WI garden, by the volunteer members.


Former member Ann Sears, 85, said : "I am not going to be violent. But when we find out who has done this there is going to be some action taken. It has really riled me. I shall be writing to The King!"

She added: "The chestnut was grown from a conker by us. When the Queen asked for a million trees to be planted for her Platinum Jubilee, we got a tree given by The Woodland Trust. There was a plaque with it. So it was obvious it was a Royal tree."

Ann said she was furious Immingham Town Council had given permission for a row of cherry trees to be planted in the garden.

"It seems to me everyone is covering everyone else's bottom. It is annoying that the chestnut tree is so big that a lorry was needed to take it all away. So someone must have known what was going on and gave permission," told Ann.

The Queen's tree which has been chopped down in Immingham
The Queen's tree which has been chopped down in Immingham -Credit:Ann Sears/submitted

She said the WI had won a gold award for their love and care of St Andrew's garden area which includes a bench. It overlooks St Andrew's Church. It is inscribed with the immortal words from William Blake which inspire the hymn Jerusalem: "And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God on England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Ann told Grimsby Live the bench and garden are looked after "in memory of those who have gone before us".

"We had parties there twice a year and it was well looked after and we planted buddleia, roses and violets and lavender to encourage bees. It was near The Memorial to The Pilgrim Fathers. The chestnut is meaningful to us all. What are these cherry trees doing there? They are not native to England. We are all so upset about it. We are beyond words," said Ann.

She was heartbroken when the plaque to the Queen's tree was dumped under the bench.

A native of Northumberland, Ann recalled the ashes of her grandparents were scattered near Sycamore Gap, where an iconic tree was felled last year.

The great grandmother said: "We need to know why we were not informed about the garden."

She told how the Women's Institute branch was disbanded a number of years ago after no new recruits came forward to keep the committee going.

Immingham Town Council clerk Andy Hopkins told Grimsby Live the trees had been felled mistakenly.

He said: "The WI does not exist anymore. So a gentleman has taken over maintenance of the garden and the beds. He has mistakenly taken down the trees and he has apologised. So here we are. We can't go back and put the tree back in. It has gone. He did not know the tree was to do with the Jubilee.

"There is no malice. He is upset. He would not have done it if he had known. So we are going to get another tree. He has apologised to the council. We want to make a solution and buy another tree. If silver birch is what they want we shall get one."