Rochford gets set for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, helped put the finishing touches to an avenue of 70 trees in Rochford, created to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The avenue of hornbeam trees will form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project which invites people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

Leader of Rochford District Council, Councillor Simon Wootton, invited The Lord Lieutenant to plant the final tree at Cherry Orchard Country Park on Monday, 14 March.

Cllr Wootton said: “We are honoured that the Lord Lieutenant of Essex accepted our invitation to open this commentative avenue as a tribute the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. These trees will leave a landmark statement for future generations to enjoy and reflect upon.”

Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst said: ‘The Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative to mark her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year. Everyone, from individuals, to scouts and girl-guiding groups, villages and cities, schools and corporates are playing their part to enhance the environment to help with climate change.”

Penny Down, Chair of the Friends of Cherry Orchard Group, said: “We are delighted to have the Queen’s Green Canopy trees planted along the path created by the Friends Group and Rochford District Council. The trees will enhance the park as they will make the walkway really beautiful to walk down for generations to come.”

To mark the Jubilee, the traditional May Bank Holiday is being moved to Thursday 2 June. An additional Bank Holiday, on Friday 3 June, means a four-day weekend of celebration, with a host of events.

The Big Lunch, on Sunday 5 June, will see thousands of street parties and neighbourhood gatherings across the country.

If you are planning to a hold a street party or picnic with family, friends and neighbours, the Council wants to help make your event a success.

For guidance and ideas on planning your celebrations go to:

Cllr Wootton said: “We know that many residents and community groups are eager to celebrate the Queen’s fantastic achievement of reaching the 70th year of her reign. We want to do all we can to make the process of organising a street party as simple as possible and ensure our local celebrations are happy and safe events.”

The Council will soon launch a special ‘Platinum Purse’. Community groups can apply for funding to help host their parties. Details of the Purse and how to apply will be available on our website soon.

On the site you will also be able to find out about further organised events and what other people are planning for the Big Lunch.

On Thursday 2 June, more than 1,500 Beacons will be lit right across the UK, and Rochford is proud to be the site of one of the Beacons. More details on this to follow.

Don’t forget to let everyone see your amazing event by tagging us on social media using hashtag #RDCPlatinumJubilee and #RDCHM70

To find out more go to and to be kept up to date with the latest Council News, sign up to our ‘TellMeMore’ email alert service.

Note: If you are organising a street party and want a road to be closed, you will need to complete a simple application form, which you can find on the site, and email back to us before Friday 13 May 2022


Editor notes: 

Photo at ceremony at Cherry Orchard Country Park (from left to right): Portfolio Holder for Environment and place – Cllr Dave Sperring, Chief Executive of Rochford District Council –  Jonathan Stephenson, Rochford District Deputy Chairman – Cllr Mike Steptoe, Lord Lieutenant of Essex – Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Leader of Rochford District Council – Cllr Simon Wootton, Chair of the Friends of Cherry Orchard Group – Penny Down and Assistant Director of Place and Environment – Marcus Hotten.

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