Mr Pell planting a new oak tree, Station Road, Wilburton.
A Simple tree planting ceremony in Wilburton has kept alive a tradition believed to stretch back 500 years to the time of King Henry VII.
Local folklore claims that the old oak tree, which stood at the corner of the village, was planted by King Henry VII when he and his son stayed with Archdeacon Alcock at his home In Wilburton in about 1500 Recently the tree became unsafe and had to be felled leaving just the trunk but the monument will live on thanks to Councillor Phillip Warren, Coun Warren rescued acorns from the tree which he cultivated into three trees and last Tuesday those saplings took there place along side the ancient trunk. Children from the local school planted the first tree, Sir David Hughes, another and Beauchamp Pell .representing the older generation planted the final sapling. He then told the children the tale of the king and urged them to keep the tradition going. He hopes that when the children are elderly they will tell their children the tale and it will continue be passed down from generation to generation. Who knows perhaps in another 500 years time ancestors of today’s children will plant another tree to keep the tradition going