A ribbon cutting ceremony held by Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith has taken place to kickstart Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Wednesday 1 June 2022.
The new borough Mayor unveiled a commemorative bench and new signage around part of Dinton Pastures’ walking route at Black Swan Lake which has been renamed to ‘Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk’. The bench is positioned opposite the lake and overlooks the bird feeding area.
The event was also attended by executive member for environment, sport and leisure Cllr Ian Shenton.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee takes place over four days from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022. The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith, said: “Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is an magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime achievement and I am delighted to commence the celebrations at the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. We support our residents to lead happy, healthy lives and provide access to good facilities. These facilities help to complement an active lifestyle and with the addition of the commemorative bench and renaming of the walking route, we are providing residents and people who visit the borough opportunities to explore the great outdoors whilst celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.
“On behalf of Wokingham Borough, I would like to extend my congratulations and sincere gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen after an incredible 70 years of service. Her dedication to serve our country has been remarkable and I am honoured to kickstart the Jubilee celebrations here in Wokingham Borough.”
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative to mark the Platinum Jubilee. With a focus on planting sustainably, The Queen’s Green Canopy encourages planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.
The council has planted nearly 20,000 trees over the past six months as part of a tree planting project and will be identifying further sites suitable during the next planting season which commences again in October. The council will be dedicating one of the planting areas to mark The Queen’s Green Canopy.
Take part in Platinum Jubilee activities
There is lots of events and activities that residents can take part in to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee including:
- Sign a congratulations card to The Queen – available at all Wokingham Borough Libraries including Finchampstead, Lower Earley, Spencers Wood, Twyford, Wargrave, Winnersh, Wokingham, Woodley and Arborfield, and in the reception at the council’s office in Shute End (open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday – closed bank holidays and weekends). A digital congratulations card can be signed on the council’s Engage Wokingham website. After the Jubilee weekend, all cards will be sent to Buckingham Palace. An additional copy of the cards will be sent to the Berkshire Record Office.
- Find local Jubilee events (public and private) and share your celebrations with other borough residents by visiting the council's Engage Wokingham website.
- Take a trip down memory lane and contribute to the reminiscence project by sharing stories, memories and photos on the council’s Engage Wokingham website.
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