Tree: National Tree Week 1987
Erection date: 7/12/1987
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II planted this oak tree on 7th December 1987 to mark National Tree Week.
The National Trust
National Tree Week is an event which has been promoted by the Tree Council since 1975.
Site: John F. Kennedy memorial - Runnymede (3 memorials)
TW20, Windsor Road
The two trees are down the bottom of the hill. You see them as you walk between the JFK memorial and the Magna Carta memorial.
In May 1965 this acre of Crown land was given to the American people in perpetuity under the control and management of the Kennedy Memorial Trust. The Magna Carta connection made Runnymede particularly appropriate for the Kennedy memorial.
But prior to that relatively small gift, this whole hillside was given in 1963 by the local Council to the National Trust. An American family gave the adjacent meadows to the National Trust in 1929 and we feel the two gifts are probably connected in some way. See Lady Fairhaven for more information.
This memorial was restored following damage caused by a bomb in a 1968 anti-Vietnam protest.