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Sir Winston Churchill plants a tree

On September 6, 1929 Sir Winston Churchill planted the now “historic hawthorn tree”. Upon his departure Churchill spoke to a cheering crowd: “Your green leaves and sturdy oaks and hearts as British as the oaks all remind me of the Mother Country.”

The Winston Churchill Tree is a Hawthorn tree located in Beacon Hill Park,  The tree is named after Sir Winston Churchill, the famous British politician and statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.

The tree is located near the main entrance of Beacon Hill Park, (Quadra and Southgate street) and is a popular destination for visitors to the park. Many people come to see the tree and take photos with it as a way to commemorate their visit.

The original Hawthorn tree planted in 1929 was ailing and was replaced in 1965 as a tribute to the late Sir Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a key figure in World War II.

The tree is a Hawthorn tree, which is a type of small, flowering tree that is native to Europe and Asia. The Hawthorn tree is also known as the May tree, because it blooms in May with clusters of fragrant white or pink flowers.

The tree is marked with a plaque that reads "This Hawthorn tree was planted in memory of Sir Winston Churchill by the Victoria Branch of the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League, 1965."

The tree is a beautiful and significant feature of the park, and is a testament to the enduring legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. It is a popular destination for visitors to the park, particularly those with an interest in history and politics.

Overall, the Winston Churchill Memorial Hawthorn Tree is a fitting tribute to one of the most important and influential figures of the 20th century. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor to Victoria, it's definitely worth taking the time to visit this special tree and reflect on the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.


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