In celebration of His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation last year, Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council is thrilled to announce the forthcoming planting of a commemorative ‘Coronation Tree for Powys’ in Dolerw Park. This historic event is set to take place on Wednesday, 31st January, marking not only a significant moment for the town but for the entire county of Powys.

The new tree will stand as an official commemoration of the coronation of HM King Charles III, and it is an honour for Newtown to be chosen by the Lord-Lieutenant as the location of the tree for Powys.

The selected tree, a cutting from Newtown’s existing iconic 350+ year old Black Poplar, a Woodland Trust Wales Tree of the Year finalist in 2019, is a symbol of continuity and the enduring connection between the town and its rich natural heritage.

Key Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 31st January 2024

Time: 11:00am

Location: Dolerw Park, Newtown (what3words – jubilant.chew.expel)

Planting by: The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Tia Jones

Joined by: Vice Lord-Lieutenant – Tony Evans, Chair of Powys County Council – Cllr Beverley Baynham, Mayor of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn – Cllr John Byrne, Open Newtown CEO – Stuart Owen, and John Jones – The Lord-Lieutenant’s husband.

Dolerw Park, cherished as one of the 1,388 spaces protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields initiative, exemplifies Newtown’s commitment to preserving and championing green spaces for the community’s well-being. The planting of this Black Poplar is a symbolic addition to the park’s landscape and will serve as a lasting tribute to the coronation of King Charles III.

“We are privileged to have the Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Tia Jones, officiate this historic planting. This tree, a living testament to our town’s enduring history, will be accompanied by a plaque and guard, making it a focal point in Dolerw Park,” said Operations Manager of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council.

The event is open to all members of the community, and Newtown encourages residents to join in this significant moment of cultural and historical importance. Let us come together to witness the growth of a symbol that will stand the test of time, just as our community has throughout the centuries.

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