Final call for Jam Jar appeal donations

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A final call for Jam Jar Appeal donations has gone out, as our campaign to mark the Queen’s Jubilee year enters its last two weeks.

Since May the Belper News has been appealing for readers to donate jars full of coppers so that a tree and plaque can be installed in a prominent location in the town to mark the 60th year of Her Majesty’s reign.

Now, a cut-off date for the collection has been decided as September 18, which will allow Amber Valley Borough Council enough time to make preparations for the plantings during Autumn.

Council spokesman and Belper resident, Luke Barratt, said: “We’re getting near the deadline now so it would be great if people could have one last look around the house for any spare coppers to donate to the campaign.

“We’re hoping to get something really special with all the donations to reward people for all their efforts over the last few months.

“We’re really pleased with how the campaign has gathered momentum and it would great if everyone could give it one last push.”

Our appeal will get its own Royal seal of approval when it is placed into an official collection of records to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen.

The Belper News and Amber Valley Borough Council have teamed-up to enter the planting or plantings into the Jubilee Woods project run by the Woodland Trust.

Inspired by the discovery of the Royal Record of King George VI’s Coronation, which details thousands of celebration trees, the trust is creating a new record of plantings in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

At the end of the project the record will be preserved in the British Library for generations to come as well as being placed before Elizabeth II.

Borough council bosses favoured location is currently the Memorial Gardens but that would have to be agreed with Belper Town Council.

Around 50 jars and bags have now been donated to us and overall the total is approaching £300.

That means there are enough coppers in the kitty to install a tree and plaque to commemorate the 60th year of Her Majesty’s reign.

But we are hoping to get enough money to plant two trees and have all the cash is in place for the autumn, which is the best time of year to plant a tree when the soil is warm after the summer and damp from autumnal rain, giving a young tree a good chance to root.

Our plantings will be more mature trees - giving them a good chance of survival and will be planted by borough council workmen.

The News Corner shop on King Street has kindly been collecting jam jars from generous readers.

We would like you to donate the pennies you would normally keep in containers, such as jam jars and the likes.

If you wish to donate your pennies you can drop them off at the News Corner, at the top of King Street, opposite the Market Place in Belper, or at our office in Ilkeston at 8, Heanor Road.We’ll do the rest and will print updates in the paper, online at www.belpernews.co.uk, on Twitter at @belperlatest and on our Facebook page.