A CORONATION oak tree has been planted in Winchester in honour of His Majesty King Charles III.

The tree was planted in the grounds of the Hospital of St Cross, with a small ceremony on Thursday, October 26.

It is also part of a wider landscaping plan for St Cross. 

Hampshire Chronicle: St Cross ceremony

The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, honorary assistant bishop, said: “We gather together to commemorate the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

"We give thanks for his example of selflessness and service and to pray for his reign. The coronation oak is a sign of strength and hope.

"A reminder of our shared stewardship of the earth and its resources.”

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Nigel Atkinson, lord-lieutenant for Hampshire said: “This time 12 months ago, we were planting trees for the Queen's green canopy to remember all the great work the late majesty did while she was sovereign of this country. In Hampshire, we've planted tens of thousands of trees. 

Hampshire Chronicle: St Cross ceremony

“His Majesty decided that every county should have a tree planted in his honour and to remember the coronation which was such a splendid day for so many people in this country. 

“It's absolutely wonderful to be planting the tree at St Cross. It's a great honour for me to be able to plant this tree on behalf of the people of Winchester.”

To close the ceremony, the London Central Brass Trio played the National Anthem.