Budleigh Salterton Lions Plant Platinum Jubilee Tree

01:46 PM March 28, 2022

A tree called Royalty was planted in East Budleigh as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy for the Platinum Jubilee.

The crab apple tree was planted near the village store by eight members of the Budleigh Salterton Lions Club on Saturday March 26, with the help of East Budleigh Councilor Fiona Ward and her husband Nick.

The club also plants trees in Budleigh Salterton and in the villages of Otterton and Yettington.

Cllr Ward said: “On behalf of East Budleigh and Yettington, I would like to thank the Budleigh Salterton Lions for their kind donation of two trees to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We are very grateful, especially in this year when so many trees have been toppled by storms. It is good that the village can enjoy your gift for so many years.”

Lions Club President Richard Allen said, This year, in addition to regular litter pick-up activities, the club was very keen to contribute to the Queen’s Green Canopy.

“We have involved local councils in the selection and placement of the trees and hope they will be enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.

“Malus ‘Royalty’ is a dense, spreading deciduous tree with dark purple leaves, turning bright red in fall. Hopefully, masses of single, fragrant, purplish-red flowers will appear in pretty clusters in mid-spring!

“The environment is one of Lions Clubs’ five international global causes, and the Budleigh Lions Club is committed to engaging with the local community and taking positive action to care for the environment.”

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club Members
– Credit: Shirley Keen

The Budleigh Salterton Lions Club will participate in the Otter Valley Association’s annual litter collection on Saturday April 2, from the Lime Kiln car park at 1.15pm.

They are also planning several activities for the Platinum Jubilee, some of which will take place during the gala week, starting on Saturday, May 28. These will include a children’s pavement artist competition, cobble building competition, Jubilee coffee morning, music event, quiz and street party. The program for the gala week will be available soon.

Charles P. Patton