Monday, 20 November 2017

Trees planted to mark Agincourt anniversary

TREES have been planted at Stonor Park to mark the 600th anniversary of Battle of Agincourt and the role of the 1st Baron Camoys in it.

TREES have been planted at Stonor Park to mark the 600th anniversary of Battle of Agincourt and the role of the 1st Baron Camoys in it.

The 460 whips include crab apple, dog rose, dogwood, field maple, hawthorn, hazel, oak, silver birch, spindle and white beam.

The oaks were grown from acorns sourced from mature trees, such as those in Windsor Great Park, Moccas Park in Herefordshire and Sherwood Forest.

A planting ceremony was attended by Lord and Lady Camoys, former MP Sir Tony Baldry, Hamish Thomson (woodland creation advisor), Chris Brown (past master fletcher) and three members of the Agincourt 600 Committee, Adrian Scott Knight (master fletcher), John Jackman (past master gunmaker) and Rev John Hayton (master bowyer). A commemorative plaque was also unveiled.

In 1415, Thomas 1st Baron Camoys, an early ancestor of Lord Camoys and ally of the royal family, accepted the summons to Henry V’s expedition to France. It was part of landowners’ responsibilities to provide an army in times of war for the sovereignty.

At 64, the baron was one of the oldest major commanders in the battlefield. At Agincourt he commanded the left flank and held his division together through the melée long enough for Sir Thomas Erpingham to most effectively hurl his thousands of archers at the French flanks, ensuring the most decisive victory in the history of England.

The panel at the bottom of his tomb is inscribed: “Pray for the souls of Thomas Camoys and Elizabeth, his wife. A baron and a prudent commander for the king and realm of England and a valiant Knight of the Garter. He commended his life’s end to Christ on the eighteenth day of March 1419.”

Mr Thomson said: “We are delighted to be adding to the commemorations of Agincourt 600 by planting these oaks.

“It is a reminder of the role the rural landscape played in the everyday lives of people 600 years ago and a legacy to be cherished.”



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