Derby Rotary marks 100 years with new oak trees in the Arboretum
Derby Arboretum 21st March 2018)
The Rotary Club of Derby received its charter from Rotary International in April 1918. So to commemorate their 100th birthday two new species oak trees were planted in the Derby Arboretum. Officiated by the Mayor of Derby, John Whitby, these rare oaks were selected by the City Council’s Parks Department to honour John Loudon’s original scheme of planting.
The Arboretum, the UK’s first public park commissioned by Joseph Strutt and landscaped by John Claudius Loudon was first opened in 1840 . Through its association with the park through the Friends of Derby Arboretum the Rotary Club decided this would be an ideal place to commemorate its centennial and provide a lasting legacy of its work within Derby’s community.
The trees, a Pyrenean Oak Pendula and a New Madrid Oak are quite rare in the UK and will complement the other oak trees in this area of the park. In dedicating these trees, Pat Zadora, President of the Rotary Club, noted that the club had thrived over the hundred years with many Derbeians giving their time to serve local communities as well as supporting good causes internationally. Rotary has changed in many ways, ensuring its survival going forward. The tree signs reflect this sentiment and people visiting this fabulous park in the heart of Derby will be able to recognise this marvellous achievement.
Here are a selection of photos from the event –