The construction of the avenue was a joint effort. Toby Barnes, who is part of our Maintenance Team, designed and constructed the tree guards using materials from across the Estate; the uprights are made from oak and the horizontal boards are made of chestnut. Paul Luff, Graham Rogers and Lee Rogers, also part of the Maintenance Team, assisted Toby to assemble and put up the guards.
Our Head Gardener Andrew Humphris and Aidan Anderson from the Garden Team planted the trees, with Lady Emma and Mr Barnard supporting their efforts by planting one of the 18.
The foundation stone of Parham House was first laid 444 years ago, in January 1577, and Parham remains a beautiful example of Elizabethan architecture. Lady Emma said; “It is a joy to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II in this way, planting living trees which we hope will be enjoyed well into the future. It is good, too, to remember at the same time The Queen’s great namesake, during whose reign Parham House was built.”
Parham’s tranquillity and beauty have changed little over the centuries and visitors now drive in past the new avenue which marks The Queen’s Green Canopy – a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
This wonderful initiative’s mission is inclusive to all, with a focus on planting sustainably. The aim is to encourage the planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations for many, many years to come.