Mayor plants Jubilee Oak at Kendal College

06 Jul 2012

Mayor of Kendal, Cllr John Wilshaw planted a Jubilee Oak at Kendal College today, in a special ceremony to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Mayor of Kendal, Cllr John Wilshaw planted a Jubilee Oak at Kendal College today, in a special ceremony to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Mayor of Kendal, Cllr John Wilshaw planted a Jubilee Oak at Kendal College today, in a special ceremony to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The idea for the tree planting came from a team of joinery students - Carl Oldfield, Kevin Bell, Alex Dawson and Lee Hill - as part of their entry in the college's annual enterprise competition in which they went on to scoop theEnvironment Award as Team Tree Huggers.

The students' idea was to plant a copse of trees that would enable future students to study the growth and learn how trees and timber are used within construction and architecture and how this relates to woodland management. The project includes different tree species such as Jubilee Oak, cherry, silver birch and hornbeam and these are currently in a nursery bed on the college grounds where they will remain until properly planted.

Joinery lecturer Nigel Ingram said: "The students did all of their own research into the use of sustainable materials as part of their course and they wanted to create a living legacy, which future students at Kendal College could enjoy for years to come."

"The students put an incredible amount of planning into their entry, which required them to present to a 'Dragon's Den' style panel of local businessmen and entrepreneurs and they have all since completed the course with merits all round."

The Jubilee Oak is the first of the trees to be planted in its final position, the rest of the saplings will be planted in the college grounds during the coming year.

The trees were all supplied by the Woodland Trust and have been propagated specifically for use by schools and colleges as part of their Jubilee Woods Project.

Kendal College's carpentry and joinery courses have launched the careers of hundreds of craftsmen, with many going on to start their own construction firms. To find out more about the range of courses available at the College call 01539 814700.