Jubilee Tree Planting Project

Announcement: YACWAG’S Jubilee Tree Planting Project 2012

Trees are essential to life and YACWAG decided to celebrate trees through all of its 2012 activities including helping to plant 60 new trees in Yatton and Congresbury to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  This project has now been fulfilled and our  Jubilee trees will benefit our children and grandchildren – and even our great-grandchildren!  They provide oxygen, filter pollution, reduce stress, support wildlife.  We need trees for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Congresbury Tree Trail/Yatton Tree Trail 

These leaflets are based on Treasured Trees of Yatton and Congresbury which was published in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  These walks have been produced by YACWAG to promote our amazing tees and encourage us to care for them.  You can download a copy of the  Congresbury Tree Trail here and the Yatton Tree Trail here.

flickr photos of local trees

NEW Jubilee Tree Website www.yacwagstreasuredtrees.webs.com

For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we planted 60 trees in Yatton and another 60 at St Andrew’s School, Congresbury.  We now have a website on which you can learn more about the trees we planted and the wildlife associated with them, and keep up-to-date with the progress of these trees. Thanks to Higgy for all his hard work on this website.  In due course we hope to include information about other ‘treasured trees’ in the two parishes.

Click here to go to Yacwag’s Treasured Trees (Trees planted for the Queen’s Daimond Jubilee in 2012).

Tree Maintenance 14 March 2015

On a cold March afternoon YACWAG members tended to some of the trees planted just over two years ago; they checked stakes and ties, removing guards where necessary, measured height and circumference as well as lifting the crowns
of some (cutting off the lower branches). The volunteers also cleared an unloved area in Stowey Road outside the school, removing bramble and litter while tending to a small whitebeam tree planted for the Queeen’s Jubilee.

Clearing bramble in Stowey Road as part of a general tidy-up of a scruffy area outside the school gate


The good news is that 58 of the 60 original trees are thriving. The other
two have been replaced.








Yatton’s Jubilee trees will soon be on the Treezilla website. The ambitious Treezilla project aims to map every public tree in the UK and YACWAG’s Jubilee trees will be added gradually. If anyone would like to help record the trees on public land, please get in touch as this will be an ongoing project.

An ornamental cherry tree in Well Lane is measured for the Treezilla project.

Jubilee Wood success at St Andrew’s School – Sept 2014

In September 2014 Sue Lovesey and Faith Moulin returned to the Jubilee Wood at St Andrews School, Congresbury, to check on the trees. Almost all the trees had not only survived but had put on excellent growth considering the conditions they have had to cope with since they were planted! The ground at St Andrews is heavy clay and when the trees were planted it was saturated. This summer the trees were subjected to long periods of drought when the ground was extremely hard. The trees, almost exclusively native, have proved to be equal to the challenges and are growing very well, particularly the alder trees propagated from seed by Richard Croucher.


Jubilee Tree Planting Project – update 12th September 2013

It is encouraging to see that some of the trees we planted to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee last year are already providing wildlife habitat.  The buff tip moth caterpillars are munching away on the leaves of a red oak we planted at Horsecastle play area, Yatton.  An alder tree in Arnolds Way is peppered with nibbled holes and this white caterpillar seems to be the culprit. We haven’t managed to identify it yet – it may be a sawfly rather than a moth larva.
We hope to organise a walk soon to take a look at some of the trees. Most of them have survived their first very difficult year, thanks to all those who have put themselves out to keep them going.


Caterpillar on the alder tree

Buff tip moth caterpillars on the red oak

Garden spider on the red oak

Jubilee Tree Planting Project – update 27th May 2013

Some essential maintenance has been carried out on some of the trees planted in the winter. This has included weeding prior to re-mulching, adjusting tree ties and tree guards and watering. A small group of YACWAGgers will attend to similar problems at the Jubilee Wood (over 60 trees we planted at St Andrew’s School in Congresbury).

Young trees are very susceptible to drying out, particularly if they were bare-rooted when planted, as most of the small ‘feeding’ roots will have been destroyed in the transplanting process. They need a couple of seasons to develop a good root system before they really start to grow much above the ground. Grass is a very strong competitor for water, particularly if it is cut by shears, mower or strimmer, as the increase in growth will take a lot of moisture from the first couple of inches of soil – just where the tree wants to get its own water from. This is why we are weeding around our new trees. Drying winds add to the trees’ problems, so adding a composted bark mulch will help prevent evaporation of water from the soil surface and give the young trees a better chance.

Trees that were container-grown have their own problems. They are often very top-heavy, with a huge amount of leaves to support for the size of the rootball, and also not very steady on their ‘legs’. Sensible staking is necessary. We used double staking where the tree was very large, so that it could not rock too much. Accepted best practice nowadays is to use the tie no more than one third up the stem of the tree from the ground, with the stake on the windward side. However, sometimes that is not entirely possible, or was not understood by the people who planted the trees, so we are re- visiting and sorting out the ties to make sure the trees are nice and firm. Our project did wonderfully well for recycling stakes and ties, but this didn’t necessarily make it easy!

Almost all of our 60 trees in Yatton have survived so far – one apple tree in Derham Park appears to have died this spring, and we will replace that one in the autumn. Some naughty rodents have nibbled some of the trees at St Andrew’s School, but we have bought some protectors to put them off. We will be tending the St Andrew’s trees this week.

If you live near one of our Jubilee trees, please pop out with your waste washing up water and water it now and again. These new trees need 6 gallons a week and cannot get too much, so the more people looking out for them the better.



Rock Road, Yatton                         Brownies at Cadbury Farm Road, Yatton


Jubilee Tree Planting Project – update 12 December 2012

It was an ambitious plan, to plant 60 trees in Yatton and 60 in Congresbury for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but we did it!

We are very grateful for the grant support of Yatton Parish Council (£300), Wessex Water (£200) and the Big Tree Plant (£763.25).  In addition the Co-operative Community Fund has given £136.76 for the planting of a tree outside the store in Yatton Precinct, but this is on hold as they are re-developing the store during the coming year.

Community organisations and businesses were also generous in providing sponsorship for trees, and we are grateful to them for their generosity, also for the help of 1st  Yatton Guides, 3rd Yatton Brownies, Yeo Valley Lions, Congresbury Millennium Green Trustees, the Humphries family and over 20 YACWAG volunteers who planted the trees.  Yatton Fire Station planted a silver birch tree to join in our scheme and Yatton Junior Football Club fully funded three silver birch trees and their expensive guards at Rock Road Playing Field. Bob Martin Ltd have also planted a tree within their grounds.

North Somerset Council provided invaluable support from their tree officer and contractor tree team (Glendale), including planting trees on the Highway verges, carrying out the utility searches and providing mulch. North Somerset Council also bore the cost of opening  the tarmac for us at Yatton Library so we could plant a much-needed tree there as a flagship for the project, and Cllr Terry Porter, Chairman of the Council, officiated at our grand finale on 8th December, when  we toasted the Queen with mulled apple juice and patted ourselves firmly on the back.

Which local organisations gave money?
Claverham Free Church 
Yeo Valley Lions  
Claverham Village Hall  
Keith Britton, Funeral Director  
Claverham Cricket Club 
Yatton Methodist Church 
Top of the Tots  
Bob Martin  
1st Yatton Guides  
Yatton Men’s Society 
Women’s Register 
Yatton District, Girlguiding UK 
Yatton & District Horticultural Society 
Yatton Ramblers
Who allowed us to plant on their land?
Avon Fire and Rescue
Bell and Stenton Ltd
Bob Martin Ltd
Claverham Village Hall
Cleeve King George V Playing Field
Congresbury Millennium Green
Court de Wyck School, Claverham
North Somerset Council
St Andrew’s School, Congresbury
Yatton Junior School
Yatton Parish Council
We are delighted that all three primary schools within our parishes have taken part in the project, with the headteacher of St Andrew’s School at Congresbury finding space for us to plant 60 new trees in the school grounds – a Jubilee Wood of the future!  He said that the children play much less on the big grass field there than in among the trees on the edge, and that is why he was happy to plant more trees.
The Big Tree Plant has been an excellent source of information and resources, including a Tree Care book which we have been able to pass on to our community contacts to help ensure we are doing the right thing by our trees.


What did we plant?
The trees are a mixture of native and non-native, but where we were looking for a wow factor we have aimed for cultivated forms of wild trees in order to increase their biodiversity value. We have tried to plant trees with edible fruits and nuts where possible.
Oak 4; Whitebeam 1; Rowan 2; Hornbeam 5; Field maple 12; Walnut 3; Apple, damson, plum, wild pear 15; Hazel 7; Sweet chestnut 1; Crab apple 3; Hawthorn 3; Black mulberry 1; Snowy mespil 2; Alder 5; Scots pine 11; Bhutan pine 2; Holly 3; Wild privet 10; Common lime 1; Silver birch 4; other small whips of various species, including hawthorn, dogwood etc. make the total up to 130.

If you would like to follow the progress of a tree near your house, or one you have been involved with, you will be able to do that soon on a dedicated website, whose URL will appear here as soon as it is ready.

Letter from Her Majesty the Queen

We sent a copy of Treasured Trees to the Queen and have been pleased to receive a reply thanking YACWAG for this gift.    Letter from the Queen

YACWAG launches Treasured Trees 1.10.2012

This new book published by YACWAG describes 60 local significant trees in Yatton and Congresbury in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A copy has been sent to the Queen.

The launch, which was held at the Strawberry Line Cafe on Yatton station, promoted the book and the group’s Jubilee Tree Planting Project. Author Faith Moulin said, “The more I have learned about trees, the more I look at them. The more I look at them, the more I love them”. She encouraged people to buy the book and help with the YACWAG project to plant sixty trees in the two parishes. David Bellamy OBE has written a foreword to the book and says he will be proud to have it in his library.


Mike Grant & Clem Clements with author Faith Moulin

It is available at Yatton Books and Prints, Yatton High Street, or Yatton Post Office, or from YACWAG by ringing 01934 834282. The cost is £5.95 and all proceeds will go towards the Jubilee Tree Planting Project. Two special guests at the launch were ‘Clem’ Clements of Yatton, whose tree planting scheme in the 1970s was responsible for many of Yatton’s street trees, and Mike Grant, who, with his wife Sue, were founder members of the wildlife charity. Sue Grant was responsible for raising the profile of trees in Congresbury as well as planting many. The book is dedicated to Clem and Sue, whose work for trees was inspirational, Faith said.

Wessex Watermark Award 21 July 2012

Our project aiming to plant sixty trees in Yatton and Congresbury to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee received a boost when Wessex Water gave us one of their Wessex Watermark awards to help us with the cost of tree guards, stakes and plaques. The cheque for £200 was presented at Yatton Horticultural Society’s Summer Show on Saturday 21 July 2012.

We have also received a grant of £300 from Yatton Parish Council. YACWAG is asking local organisations and businesses to consider sponsoring or planting a tree. We have so far raised over £1000 and have sites for sixty trees, including prominent places for new street trees and new plantings at local schools.