Copeland MP Joins Lake District Eatery In Tree Planting For Platinum Jubilee

The owners of a Lake District eatery are planting a special woodland to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Di and Simon Parums, owners of the Bassenthwaite Lake Station, are taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy project and have invited key individuals in the development of the popular train-turned-restaurant to plant a commemorative tree in the adjacent meadow.

Planting their trees this week have been Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, who planted a bullace (wild plum), and Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, who planted a damson.

The Parums have planted a holly tree, while others invited to take part have been Lord and Lady Inglewood, Embleton WI and representatives of the Dubwath Silver Meadows Nature Reserve.

The canopy will form part of a wildlife corridor being created at the rear of the station, which will include wildlife and bird viewing hides and a wildflower meadow.

Mrs Parums said: “I’d like to thank Trudy, Mike and all those who have supported our venture since the start, and for accepting our invitation to plant a tree in the canopy.

“We love the outdoors and we wanted to create a beautiful wildflower and wildlife meadow for our guests to enjoy.”

Mrs Harrison said: “It was a pleasure to visit Bassenthwaite Lake Station again, to see how this ambitious venture from Di and Simon has quickly grown into one of the area’s most distinctive and popular places to visit and eat out.

“The planned woodland canopy will be beautiful over the coming months and years, and I look forward to returning soon to see it in full bloom.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.