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Horse Chestnut - photo by Janet Pullen

A horse chestnut is an unusual species for a commemorative tree making this young tree in Skirmett rather special. This tree is also special because its plaque bears a Latin inscription.

Latin plaque - photo by Janet Pullen

The plaque has been translated as follows:-

This tree (though not beautiful enough) was planted by the inhabitants of this village, dedicated to the glory of Queen Elizabeth in the 25th year of her reign.

We know that this must commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee because horse chestnuts are not native to the British Isles. The trees were introduced from Albania in the 17th Century, which was after the death of Queen Elizabeth I.

If you feel you can improve on this translation, please get in touch!


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