Branching out for jubilee

Owner of The Park Hotel Lancaster Richard Dow with Matty Basaj, Alex Dow and Karma Whitehead, who together with manager Naomi Hallam (not pictured) created a 40ft Jubilee Oak mural inspired by the Coronation Oaks.
Owner of The Park Hotel Lancaster Richard Dow with Matty Basaj, Alex Dow and Karma Whitehead, who together with manager Naomi Hallam (not pictured) created a 40ft Jubilee Oak mural inspired by the Coronation Oaks.
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A GIANT oak tree has shot up in the beer garden of a Lancaster pub.

However, residents living near the Park Hotel in St Oswald Street need not be concerned – the 40ft ‘tree’ has been painted on the side wall of the pub to celebrate the Jubilee weekend.

The idea was to create a point-in-time snapshot and legacy art project in the pub’s garden.

Richard Dow, who runs the pub, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee created the impetus for us to do something about the ugly old wall gable-end in our garden.

“We’ve had the idea for some time of creating a mural there, and when I read about the Jubilee Oaks planted around the world at the time of the Queen’s coronation in 1953, I thought what a lovely idea it would be to create a Jubilee Oak of our own.

The painting has been carried out by friends and staff of the Park, with paint kindly donated by local store Wilkinsons, and free scaffolding from Billy Ashton Flooring.

The tree is a full-sized oak with its leaves stencilled from an actual Coronation Oak leaf. Each leaf has been painted and signed by people who live or work at the Park.

And visitors to the pub over the Jubilee weekend will be invited to have their names added to the trunk of the tree as a permanent reminder of the celebrations.

“Our oak will be a memory snapshot of people here and now,” Richard said.

“With hard work from all our volunteers, it’s taken us just a few days to create, and we hope it will be a lasting legacy of the Diamond Jubilee.”

On Monday there will be a barbecue from 5pm.