A total of 70 oak trees, marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will be planted across East Devon this year.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is celebrating the landmark event, which is a first for any British monarch, by gifting oak saplings, with a commemorative plaque, to every town and parish - with hopes planting can begin this March.

EDDC is working with councillors and local parish and town councils to find suitable locations for the English oaks which can also be enjoyed by the public.

It is hoped the commemorative oak trees, renowned for their longevity, strength, and unique position in the national landscape, will offer many other collective opportunities and serve as an important local ‘memory jogger’, recognising EDDC’s carbon neutral and environment priorities.

Chair of East Devon District Council Councillor Ian Thomas, said:

After two years of difficulty and challenge we now have an opportunity to boost the wellbeing of all in East Devon, our communities, businesses, and the residents we serve, in an enjoyable and effective way.

Our EDDC ward members will be pleased to help ensure we all enjoy a fantastic and unique Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, which leaves a valuable legacy for East Devon and our communities.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place on the bank holiday weekend from Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June.