The Belper News has handed over all the cash you have been collecting for our Jubilee Jam Jars appeal to Amber Valley Borough Council this week.
Since May you have been scouring your houses for loose coppers to help fund a leafy tribute to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee for the town.
And on Monday we presented the £300 which you raised to make that happen over to council officer Simon Gladwin during a presentation.
Now, contractors from the council will plan to install the tree at Belper Memorial Gardens in mid to late November, if Belper Town Council agrees.
However, in a sign of the times a plaque to mark the occasion will not be fitted to the tree because of the likelihood of it being stolen after council experts advised against it.
Amber Valley Borough Council spokesman, Luke Barrett, said: “It’s great to see the results of people’s generosity in reality.
“This money will go a long way towards providing a lasting legacy for the jubilee and will be a constant reminder to people of the infectious spirit around the occasion.”
The planting will also be recorded as part of the Jubilee Woods project. Run by the Woodland Trust, Her Majesty the Queen is a patron.
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.
That record will be preserved in the British Library for future generations to come as well as being presented to Her Majesty Elizabeth II.
Mr Barrett continued: “The Jubilee Woods website contains details of all the trees planted through the country to mark the occasion and I would encouarge people to go on there and see our contribution after the plantings.
“I’d also encourage people to make use of the facilities in the Memorial Gardens.
“Maintained by the town council, they are very well kept formal gardens and I know there’s a lot of people that use them and enjoy the space.
“I hope they recognise this tree is to mark the jubilee during their visits.
“We are also proud at the council to make our own contribution to support this campaign run by the Belper News.”