Jubilee tree planting

AN English Oak was planted in Maffra’s Victoria Park on Thursday to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.

Maffra and District Historical Society president Carol Kitchenn said Victoria Park was created and dedicated in 1897, the Jubilee year of Queen Victoria.

With the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (great- great-granddaughter of Victoria) finishing on Thursday, local historian Flo Pearce came up with the idea to plant an English Oak to commemorate the occasion.

Wellington Shire Council mayor Scott Rossetti said the tree was the same species as two existing oaks in Wellington Shire, planted on visits by the Duke of York (later King George V (Elizabeth’s father) in 1901 and the Duke of Gloucester in 1934.

“Today, we have a dodgy politician and the great historian Flo to plant the English Oak, quite appropriately, here in Victoria Park,” he said.