From little acorns... oak returns

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AN oak tree which descended from another with history of a Royal connection has been planted in a new home to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Colin Stratford said his great-great-grandad was present when a tree was planted in Desborough in 1863 in honour of King Edward VII.

Mr Stratford, 84, of the Peaslands, said there was an outcry when the tree in Gold Street was chopped down by council officials in 1964.

He said: “Kettering Council chopped it down and said it was dead – it wasn’t dead, it just looked dead.”

However, two acorns were taken from the tree – one by Mr Stratford’s late brother George and another person, who nurtured the acorn from sapling to tree and gave it to Stuart Irons, Mr Stratford’s second cousin.

The latter tree was returned to its home town when it was replanted at its new home on April 12 at Desborough Services Club.

Mr Stratford said: “The branches must be about 7ft.

“I went down to have a look at it the other night and it’s doing lovely.”

He added: “It’s nice to have it in time for the Jubilee.

“I call it the Jubilee tree now.”