Royal oak to be planted in field

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RESIDENTS will gather to plant a royal oak tree to mark Sheffield playing fields’ protection under a scheme to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The fields at Woodhouse Mill were threatened by plans for a new road but have been granted Fields in Trust status after a residents’ campaign.

The planting ceremony takes place at 11.30am on Saturday, January 19, and will also be attended by councillors and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts.

Derek Hutchinson, who was among residents behind the campaign to save the fields, said: “We’re inviting members of the public to join us.

“As well as the oak, Sheffield Council’s foresters have supplied whips to plant at the corner of the field.”

A Jubilee Rose is also set to be planted there in the spring.