Replaced by kind-hearted undertakers: the oak tree planted by children for the Queen that vandals snapped in half

Tring mayor Stephen Hearn with the damaged tree - which has since been replaced
Tring mayor Stephen Hearn with the damaged tree - which has since been replaced

A new oak tree has been planted in exactly the same spot where an old one used to be – before it was snapped in half by vandals.

The original tree was planted in Pound Meadow, Tring, by pupils of Grove Road Primary School to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This website and newspaper the Gazette reported last month that it had been snapped in half by what town mayor Stephen Hearn called a ‘nasty, little group of vandals’.

The leaders of Tring town centre-based Church View Funeral Service were so moved by the story that they decided to fund the planting of a new oak tree in the same spot.

Mr Hearn said: “They felt very sad that this had happened – particularly for the children who planted it.

“But it’s jolly good that an article in the newspaper has prompted them to come up with this – it cost just under £400!

“These trees are not youngsters. They have been in nursery for 12 to 15 years. Then you have got to pay for the old one to come out and for the protective fence to be removed and put back.”

He reported that the forester removing the old oak tree said it would have become a ‘beautiful specimen’ after having lots of water during a wet winter.

Mr Hearn said: “The roots had gone everywhere, so let’s hope this one gets on a bit too!”