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Mayor’s golden gesture to town

Mayor John Freeman, Bob Bennett, Kath Horsley, Chris Roe, Linda Wilkins and Gill Wood planting the jubilee tree at Pannett Park

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Mayor John Freeman, Bob Bennett, Kath Horsley, Chris Roe, Linda Wilkins and Gill Wood planting the jubilee tree at Pannett Park w125006

A GOLD rush made its mark in Pannett Park this week as the final Queen’s jubilee event of the year took place.

The installation of a golden sequoia above the Jubilee clock in the park is believed to be the last tree planted nationwide to honour the Queen’s diamond year.

The Metasequoia Glyptostroboides Gold Rush, to give the tree its full name, was chosen by parks warden Chris Roe as it replaces another tree that stood on the same spot but was previously damaged. Whitby town mayor John Freeman said that he wanted to plant the tree as a gesture to the town from the mayor’s office in the Jubilee year and added: “The park’s a beautiful place and I think it’s marvellous, really pleasing to be able to do something like this. It’s golden as opposed to diamond, which is a bit unfortunate, but that’s Whitby.”

Mr Roe said he chose a golden sequoia, which can grow to 30-feet in height, as it was a species Captain Cook would have encountered during his voyages to Canada. The metasequoia was also a type of tree that grew during the Jurassic period, and so it ties in with the Jurassic garden, located nearby.

 

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