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
