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Tree planted at University to commemorate visit of Thomas Jefferson in 1786

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A tree has been planted at the University of Buckingham in order to commemorate the visit of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

Jefferson stayed in Buckingham town overnight in 1786 to visit the acclaimed Stowe Gardens during a trip to Britain.

President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Leslie Greene Bowman, was guest of honour at the ceremony which was held on February 3.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bucks, Carolyn Cumming had been overseeing planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy locally and organised the event.

Former chair of the University of Buckingham Council, Milly Soames, and the vice-chancellor and his wife, James and Cynthia Tooley, were joined by staff including the Dean of the Business School: Deba Bardhan Correia, Dean of the Law School: Adolfo Paolini and Alison Sealey, interim director of Student Support Services.

The tree itself was a ‘tulip tree’ that Jefferson liked and has been planted on campus, by the river at the rear of Prebend house.

University Vice Chancellor, James Tooley said: “I am delighted that the University is marking this bit of local history in this way. It was a lovely ceremony. By the river at the back of Prebend House is a scenic spot which which will be enhanced by the tree.”

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