Royal tree - or perhaps not

This tree was planted in Sheffield Park Gardens by Edward VII - or was it?

This tree was planted in Sheffield Park Gardens by Edward VII - or was it?

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One Ian Setford has been in touch about the ancient tree, commemorating a famous cricket match, found recently at Sheffield Park.

He says: ‘The article on the discovery of the tree planted by Edward VII in Sheffield Park Gardens brought back memories of when I was a lad working on the family farm at Sheffield Park around the late 1960s/early 70s.

‘During the day the workforce made up of my father, grandfather and great-uncles would stop for lunch in the barn at Northall and they would start reminiscing on the stories associated with The Lord Sheffield and Captain Soames.

‘Apparently the said cricket match was a fairly boisterous event and the tree-pllanting party imbibed much ale! So much so that no one could remember the following day which tree was the one the Prince had actually planted - so it was decided, to avoid embarrassment, that any tree would do out of the many that had been planted that week.

‘Easy to hide a tree in a wood. Needless to say they they found great deal of delight in getting one over their ‘ betters’ over the years.’