Jubilee orchard proposals run into opposition

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PROPOSALS to plant an orchard in Newbiggin to commemorate the Queen’s diamond jubilee later this year have failed to find favour with neighbours of the site earmarked.

One of those opposed to the plans, Jackie Freeman has told town councillors the 16 fruit trees Northumberland County Council is proposing to plant on land in Buteland Terrace would be an eyesore.

The trees would be too close to her Sutherland Avenue home and would block light coming in her windows, as well as being unsightly, she told last week’s meeting.

“The fruit trees and wildflowers would flower four or five months of the year and the rest of the time it’s going to become an eyesore,” she said.

Mrs Freeman also claimed that many of her neighbours were against the scheme too.

Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in February 1952, but her coronation did not take place until June the year after. The 85-year-old will celebrate her diamond jubilee over the first weekend of June.