An iconic tree has been planted at Tyne and Wear’s top fire station to mark The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have today planted the Queen’s Green Canopy tree at their Barmston headquarters in Washington.
It has been planted to mark commemorate the 70th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II taking the throne.
An extended four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend will begin on Thursday with street parties and concerts taking place across the country.
While first responders, including firefighters and staff, have already been presented with Platinum Jubilee medals and coins as a thanks for their Service.
Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, of TWFRS, has today revealed the Service wanted to mark the historic occasion with a permanent addition to their headquarters.
He said: ‘Her Majesty has always put public duty first and as public servants ourselves, that is something we can relate to.
‘This tree symbolises exactly that. It is a permanent reminder to our staff, and to visitors to our headquarters, that we are here to serve the public.
‘When times get tough, we will remain tall and strong to provide support to those who need it. The recent pandemic was an example of how we will always step up to the plate.
‘Our Jubilee tree has been planted in a public area and our communities are welcome to visit it at any time to reflect on what it represents.
‘We hope everyone enjoys a safe Jubilee weekend and, much like Her Majesty, we are never off duty and will be here to serve our communities across Tyne and Wear.’
The tree planted at TWFRS Service Headquarters is a Wild Service Tree, or a Sorbus Torminalis, and, as per the wishes of Her Majesty, the tree is a native species.
A plaque has been fitted alongside the tree and it has also been registered with the Cabinet Office so that it is recorded as an official Queen’s Green Canopy tree.
The tree was planted by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Peter Heath and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Lynsey McVay.