The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Herefordshire Division marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by planting a tree during a woodland visit to the Garnons Estate near Hereford.

The tree, a Dawn Redwood (metasequoia glyptostroboides), was planted on Garnons Hill, part of the Estate, courtesy of landowner Sir Harry Cotterell Bt.

Forty RFS members and their guests showed their appreciation for Her Majesty The Queen as Nick Smith, RFS Herefordshire Chair, planted the tree, assisted by Jean Wynne-Jones.

The Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer from China, where it was discovered in the 1940s. It typically grows to 30 metres. It is primarily an ornamental rather than commercial species in this country although small stands are growing in the RFS woods in Buckinghamshire and Powys.