Local heroes nominated by the public are to be recognised in an avenue of trees being created to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Jubilee Avenue at Blenheim Palace will feature a total of 140 native sweet chestnut and rowan trees.

Some 70 of them will be planted in honour of individuals who have had a positive impact on their local communities.

The successful nominees will have their names displayed on a board beside the trees which will be planted along the entry road from Gorrel Doors into the heart of the park, to the north west of the Column of Victory.

Rachel Furness-Smith, head of estates, said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is a momentous occasion and we wanted to create something that will eventually become part of Blenheim’s history to celebrate.

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“We also felt it was important it should be directly linked to our communities and recognise the amazing things being done every day by unsung local heroes to help improve other people’s lives.

“The Avenue will become a place to re-visit and watch grow over the years and will stand as a lasting legacy to those amazing individuals who are too often overlooked.

“We’re asking people to get in touch to nominate their own local hero to have a tree planted in their name."

Once nominations are in, the successful candidates will be selected by members of Blenheim’s senior leadership team.

The avenue of trees will be planted later this year by Blenheim’s own rural team.