We've organised for an eye-catching tree which blooms with heart-shaped leaves to be planted in West Oxfordshire to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The North American Redbud tree, which will grow to ‘form a spreading, graceful crown’, has been planted at Blenheim Court, Carterton.
We planted the tree with developer, Feltham Construction. They are working with us to redevelop our former sheltered scheme on Sycamore Drive into 31 new apartments. Once completed, the new homes will be available for social rent for people aged over-55 in housing need.
People and organisations from across the UK were invited to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.
Cottsway Board Member Alix Green met with James Malone from Feltham Construction (pictured) to unveil a commemorative plaque alongside the tree.
The Redbud will have pink flowers in spring and its heart-shaped leaves change from reddish-purple to green and yellow through the year.
Alix said: “Cottsway felt it was important to be part of this historic occasion as a Platinum Jubilee and wanted to support The Queens Green Canopy initiative. It will not only leave a legacy, but it also actively supports the environment. This initiative is encouraging the planting of millions of trees and I’m proud Cottsway is part of this.
“It will be lovely for Cottsway’s new customers moving into this new development, knowing that their new home was being built at the same time the Queen celebrated such a milestone.”
James, Feltham’s Assistant Site Manager at Blenheim Court, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Cottsway on this development. With an eye to the future and sustainability, eco-friendly features such as electrical vehicle charging points, solar panels and electric heating are being installed and we’ve planted various shrubs and trees at the scheme. The Jubilee tree is in a prominent position, and we hope it brings a lot of enjoyment for the residents as it grows.”
We also offered grant-funding via our Community Fund to help customers organise traditional street parties over the Bank Holiday weekend, supporting our customers to meet up with neighbours and build community relationships.