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The King’s coronation marked with tree planting

It was an honour to have The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE, visit Derby College Group’s (DCG) Broomfield Hall site to plant a tree to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.  

The Lord Lieutenant was accompanied by Theresa Peltier, The High Sheriff of Derbyshire and Andrew Cochrane, Under Sheriff of Derbyshire and the Chair of Governors for DCG. 

Mrs Fothergill planted a magnolia tree, Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ near to the main entrance to Broomfield Hall. 

Mrs Fothergill also had a conversation with Jon Collins, Head of Land-based at Derby College about how Broomfield is making great strides in improving their sustainability even further, amongst other things. 

The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire (right) with, from left:
Sara Bishop - Garden Volunteer, Theresa Peltier, High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Deputy CEO Heather Kelly, Under Sheriff of Derbyshire and Chair of Governors for DCG, Andrew Cochrane and Jon Collins, Head of Land-based at Derby College Group, Luke Morley - Garden Apprentice and Samantha Harvey, Head Gardener

The delegation met with Broomfield Hall’s Head Gardener Samantha Harvey, along with staff, apprentices and volunteers who help maintain grounds at the college.  

These included Sara Bishop, who has previously studied at Broomfield and now is a hard-working volunteer, and Luke Morley, Garden Apprentice on the Level 3 Horticultural apprenticeship course.  

Samantha Harvey, Head Gardener, Sara Bishop - Garden Volunteer and Luke Morley - Garden Apprentice

Mrs Fothergill commented: “It is such a privilege to commemorate the coronation of the King with the planting of a tree on behalf of Derby College Group.  

“I am always inspired when I visit Broomfield, as the team of staff and volunteers are so dedicated and enthusiastic about their work, and make a significant impact on the students’ lives.” 

A commemorative plaque.

Jon Collins, Assistant Principal at Derby College Group, said: “We are very proud to be commemorating the King’s coronation in this way.  

“It is important to us that we commemorate significant national events, and what better way than to do this than by planting such a beautiful tree that will continue to bloom and bring pleasure for generations of students to come.”