A special tree has been planted in Wormholt Park in Shepherds Bush to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The sapling has been donated by The Hammersmith Society, which works to preserve and enhance architecture and the environment in the borough.
The tree is in the north-west corner of the park. It is bare at the moment but will become much more colourful in the future. As it grows, it will develop striking tulip-shaped flowers and saddle-shaped leaves.
The liriodendron tulipifera, or ‘tulip tree’ was welcomed in a ceremony on Friday 15 December, led by Hammersmith & Fulham Mayor Mercy Umeh.
“This sapling will grow into a beautiful addition to Wormholt Park and I’d like to thank the Hammersmith Society for this fitting tribute to the Queen,” said Cllr Umeh.
“I hope many residents will come and visit the tree in the coming years to enjoy its colourful display.”
As well as marking the Queen’s birthday, it is also part of Hammersmith & Fulham’s drive to become the greenest borough in the country.
The short ceremony was also attended by Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services. He was joined by members of The Hammersmith Society, Friends of Wormholt Park, Hammersmith Community Gardens Association and H&F Council’s Parks Police.
“We were delighted to give the tree to Wormholt Park in commemoration of the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II,” said Rosemary Pettit, the Hammersmith Society’s membership secretary.
“The liriodendron tulipifera is splendid and tall with unusual leaves and scented flowers full of nectar. We hope it will delight future generations for years to come.”