Tree planting in January at the Hub
In the lead up to celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, the now King Charles III set a two-year timeframe in which to plant trees that would grow into a nationwide ‘Queens Green Canopy’. Each tree mapped for posterity.
North of Thetford the development of Kingsfleet is building more than homes, a new community, somewhere to put down roots, to belong and to thrive. It’s landscape is punctuated by the flow of the River Thet, great stands of trees and wildlife. The setting has a powerful history from the Queen of the Iceni, Boudicca, to Admiral Sir John Fisher who masterminded the game changing battleship HMS Dreadnought.
At Kingsfleet, Hopkins Homes has designed and built the first range of homes, now attention is turning towards making its immediate landscape a place to be enjoyed by all. The approach has been softened with trees, shrubs and grassland leading to ‘The Hub’, a communal area for relaxation, this is to become part of the Queens Green Canopy in January when three mulberry trees will be planted.
Why mulberries? On the orders of James I the site of Buckingham Palace was originally planted as a Mulberry Garden with Morus nigra to encourage silk production in Britain, sadly they were the wrong variety for silk but proved a great spot for meeting up to enjoy freshly produced and delicious mulberry tarts. Given time and the planting of more mulberry and apricot trees this too will become a pleasant shady spot in which to enjoy some sweet desserts.