ASHFORD Carbonel Village Hall helped to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth by planting a rare Japanese Cherry tree in the recreation ground alongside the Village Hall.

The tree was planted by Mrs Betty Meredith one of the senior members of the village community, ably helped by three of the youngest members, Freddie and Theo Tudge and Hugo Whitehouse and watched by about 30 villagers and friends. Mrs Meredith moved the first sod, but was soon overshadowed by the three little boys who took it in turns to wield the spade, until all the soil was back in the hole.

There is a history of planting celebration trees in the village, with Oaks to celebrate the end of the second world war and the Millennium on the Maypole Piece, and a Walnut celebrating the Queen’s coronation.

Prunus Tai-haku is a rare cherry, saved from extinction by the Edwardian plantsman Collingwood Ingram.