Queen’s record-breaking reign to be marked in Luss

The record-breaking reign of Queen Elizabeth II will be marked with a tree-planting in Luss later this year.Layout 1

On September 9 the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months, making her the longest reigning monarch in British history – overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Luss Estates, the village community council and Luss and Arden Community Development Trust are proposing to plant a commemorative Red Oak (quercus robur), surrounded by an inscribed stone circle, at the entrance to the Loch Lomondside village.

Luss Estates chairman, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, said: “This is an extraordinary and significant milestone in our history, and one that deserves to be marked.

“The Queen has devoted herself to this country for more than six decades, and has shown exemplary dedication, courage and strength which we feel it appropriate, as a community, to acknowledge.

“The Red Oak will grow to be a magnificent tree, one that will still be there in perhaps hundreds of years’ time, and will be a reminder to posterity of this landmark achievement. “

Designs for the scheme have been created by Fiona Robertson Landscape Design.

Public subscriptions will be invited, in return for which the name of the subscriber will be engraved on the stone circle.

For residents of the Luss and Arden district, the cost of this will be £10 per person; subscriptions from those living outside the area will be £100 per person minimum.

All subscriptions will be channelled through the Luss and Arden Community Development Trust, a registered charity, and will quality for gift aid. Details of how to subscribe are available on www.thequeenstree.com.