The late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, was marked in Salisbury by various events.  

Hudson’s Field was chosen for a celebratory avenue of trees, consisting of parallel rows of 20 Hornbeams on each side of the path that runs broadly, from Stratford Road to Castle Road.  

After the first row was planted, a pipeline was discovered on the other side of the path, which prevented the planting of the second row.

The result looked a bit odd, but the intent was admirable.

Three years on however, five of the Hornbeams have died and been removed, leaving 15 sickly survivors, suffering from a lack of water and the attention of passing dogs.  

Most of them are at death’s door and to save further embarrassment, perhaps the Council could quietly spirit them away under cover of darkness. Nice idea, but Third World Execution.  

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