75 oak trees being planted to mark King’s coronation


A grand total of 75 oak trees are in the process of being planted across 20 locations in East Cambridgeshire, thanks to support from parish councils, schools, nurseries and landowners.

East Cambridgeshire District Council donated the trees free of charge as part of its campaign to mark King Charles III’s coronation and 75th birthday.

The environmental contribution oak trees make is enormous. According to Soham-based Barcham Tree’s Top Trunks Guide (external link) each of the English oaks (Quercus robur) the council is giving away can store 7500 kilograms of carbon when it reaches maturity.

The fact it has given away 75 means between them these trees will be able to lock away nearly 560 tonnes of carbon, helping reduce the impact of climate change.

The trees are also a fantastic way to increase biodiversity in the district. From a sapling and even long after its death, the oak tree is home, shelter and nourishment for around 2300 species. Of these, over 200 rely on oak trees completely to ensure their survival.

Trees are now being collected up to 15 March by local councils in Soham, Mepal, Dullingham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Ely, Wicken, Reach, Stretham, Coveney and Burwell.

Schools in Isleham, Soham and Littleport are also planting some of the trees, whilst Beach Babies Nursery is adding a few trees to its garden area. Other community-based beneficiaries to collect the free trees include Kennet Community Land Trust, Haddenham Conservation Trust, Prospects Trust and Cloud Ursa.

Elizabeth Henerson, Head Teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School in Soham is pictured collecting her tree from Richard Kay, Strategic Planning Manager at the council.

For more information visit the Coronation oaks for communities page on our website.