Millennium Tree Group (The Apostles)

 

The Millennium Tree group - Autumn 2003 after a hot dry summer!

This group of trees have been planted with a variety of species to celebrate the Millennium. They have been arranged into three, concentric circles and consist of Oaks, Field Maple, Cherry and Scots Pine.

The numbers of and types of trees were selected initially to acknowledge the fact that the Millennium was 2000 years after the birth of Jesus Christ. The Oaks were chosen for this role due to their strength and longevity. This is the area where, with our agreement and subject to some simple rules, the ashes of deceased visitors to the green may be scattered. If you would like further details on our Policy on this issue click here.

The main significant numbers are

  • 3 (the number each of oaks and Scots pine in the centre ring, and the number of rings)
  • 12 (the total number of oaks, and the number of trees in the second circle)
  • 7 (the number of Scots pine)
  • 9 (the number of oaks and also cherries in the outer circle)
  • 4 (the total number of field maple, Scots pine and cherries in the second circle)
  • 6 (the number of trees in the centre circle)
  • 18 (the number of trees in the outer circle)

Visitors to The Green may come up with other interpretations for the combinations of the numbers in this group and a few ideas are set out below.

  • The 12 Oaks in total could refer to the number of months in the year.
  • 7 is the number of days in the week
  • 4 is the number of weeks in a lunar month, and the number of seasons.
  • 9 is the human gestation period in months.
  • 3 is considered a lucky number to many (e.g. 'coins in a fountain') and is the number of wise men who visited the infant Jesus.
  • 18 is the age of majority in the UK.
  • 6 is the number of faces on a dice, and the number of continents.

In the long term, all the trees are likely to reach maturity and then decline and die at various rates. Our hope is that the 12 oaks will remain long after the rest, maybe as 'The Apostles'..........

Oak
Cherry
Field Maple
Scots Pine
Total

Inner Circle

3
0
0
3
6

Middle Circle

0
4
4
4
12

Outer Circle

9
9
0
0
18

Total

12
13
4
7
36