One day in June 1953, in Three Cornered Copse, a commemoration stone to celebrate the
coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled by the appropriate local dignitaries
of the time.
A dozen silver birches were also planted
around the stone, and it still sits there, surrounded by most of the trees.
The stone was
cleaned and renovated in 2009 by the Friends
group, with funding from the council.
Another commemorative plaque to celebrate
the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was installed
alongside a copper beech tree in 2012, donated
and presented by the Lord Lieutenant of East
Sussex. This September a tree to commemorate next year's Platinum Jubilee was planted,
with another plaque, again by the Lord Lieutenant. (The Jubilee isn't until next February, but
that is a poor time to plant a tree, so September
is appropriate.) Three more reasons to visit the
copse. as if they were needed.
Work days returned to the copse this summer,
with thanks to the Parks Department volunteer
team, who spent a day clearing vegetation
from the recently planted shrubs at the edge
of the green. The weeds, brambles, nettles and
thistles have been particularly successful this
year and were throttling the new trees trying
to establish themselves. Also, the top path had
become impassable due to the weeds and the
overhanging tree branches. This is the only bridle path
through the copse, so with the help of
the volunteer group we were able to tackle this
as well. Tools and support were provided by
the Ranger. For the first time since pandemic
restrictions were imposed, we were working as
normal, to the relief of everyone. The group is
starting to become more active as restrictions
have eased. With encouragement from the
park rangers we aspire to be more independent from them,
and hope to build our own tool
collection to keep the copse under control.
The Lord Lieutenant is the monarch's personal
representative in each of the administrative
counties of the UK. The title is derived from a
much older position which had the powers to
raise a militia to support the royal cause. It's
now largely an administrative role but takes
responsibility for a visit from the royal family
to the county. It's unlikely Her Majesty will
need to visit Three Cornered Copse to see her
plaques, but we'll try and keep the paths clear,
just in case.