Tree Planting in Bourton Park

Tree Planting in Bourton Park  

On Saturday morning volunteers from the Buckingham Table helped plant 12 saplings along the riverbank of Bourton Park to improve the appearance of this green space and help increase biodiversity in the area.

A small parcel of woodland between the car park and riverbank were planted with small clusters of Black Poplars (Populus nigra betulifolia) and Alder (Alnus glutinosa). The Black Poplar is Britain’s rarest native timber tree and the native race betulifolia is special to Great Britain and N.W. Europe. Fully-grown trees are often highly majestic with massive down-arched, side branches and very rough bark that often bears bosses. Constable often featured them in his paintings. Most trees are males, but the rare females can be distinguished by green catkins followed by fluffy seeds. We believe a Black Poplar tree was given to the town of Buckingham by Queen Victoria to celebrate her visit to the town. There are some beautiful examples of mature Black Poplar trees in Heartlands park. The saplings were secured from Cole’s Nurseries through a donation from Buckingham Table.


Chair of Environment Committee, Councillor Ruth Newell said “We are grateful to Buckingham Table for their generous donation and for helping with the planting, and, as well as adding to our rare Black Poplar tree population in Buckingham it also contributes to our Climate Emergency action plan.  If other groups would like to donate to our tree planting in the Town please contact Buckingham Town Council.




  1. For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,

Coronavirus and Events Update

17th March 2020 – Update

The decision has now been made to postpone the Annual Town Meeting which would have taken place tomorrow on Wednesday 18th March.

If you were planning to attend and ask a question you can still do so via email to and we will reply as soon as possible.

12th March 2020 – Update

The decision has now been made to postpone the Good Endings Fair and the Death Cafe which were due to take place next week. For more information please contact the office.

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11th March 2020

The Buckingham Annual Town Meeting will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday 18th March. It is a legal requirement to hold the meeting which will take place at the Buckingham Community Centre and starts at 7pm.

It is understandable that in the current climate that people may not wish to attend a public meeting so anyone who would like to ask a question can contact the Council in advance either through social media, or by email to or call the office on 01280 816426.

The decision has been made that the Mayor’s Civic Service will be postponed. This event was due to take place on Sunday 15th March at Buckingham Parish Church.

All other Town Council events are being continuously reviewed based on the latest guidance from Public Health. Please see the Town Council website or social media for updates.

Town Council meetings and committee meetings are all going ahead, as Councillors need to be in physical attendance for decisions to be made legally.

Interested in being a councillor?


Town Councillors have a huge impact on how local money is spent. Buckingham Town Council has an annual budget of £1M to look after parks, play areas, cemeteries, events, planning and the economic development of Buckingham.

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Elections for new town councillors take place on the 5th May. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with your local community and it’s future.

How can I find out more?

Buckingham Town Council will be hosting an evening information session for prospective new town councillors at 7pm on the 9th March at Buckingham Library.  The drop-in session will be an informal opportunity for anyone who is considering standing as a town councillor to find out more about the role and to chat to council staff.

What do I do next?

The Notice of Election will be published on 31 March 2020. The period for nominations will then commence, and the deadline for nominations for the election will be 4pm on 8 April 2020. The nomination papers must be collected from the Town Clerk in Buckingham.