The Oak was originally planted to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1887, but this tree died and was replaced as the Coronation Oak celebrating the Coronation of King George V in 1911. We will be assembling a list of possible replacements and consulting ready for a planting in December. [full history]
We saved 4 hefty planks from the Coronation Oak and they are being used around the village for benches.
Below is the Coronation Oak in about 1965 (c) Ian Bangay's BG Photos
And looking very healthy about 2005
Still looking healthy when it was decorated for Christmas 2006
The tree began looking a bit weary a couple of years ago, but in Spring 2015 it was decalred dead by Kent Highways, and earmarked for felling.
We have saved some logs for memorial benches and plaques