Jerusalem (Dec. 3)
The oriental cypress tree presented by King George V of England to the Jubilee Forest in the hills of Nazareth will be formally planted by High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope on December 19, it was announced today.
Plans for the planting ceremony include an international radio broadcast of the speeches. Among the talks to be broadcast will be one in Hebrew by M. M. Ussishkin, world president of the Jewish National Fund.
The Jubilee Forest is British Jewry’s mark of loyalty and devotion to the throne, expressed on the occasion of the royal couple’s twenty-fifth jubilee. It will cover a large area of desolate and barren land on the hills of Nazareth which in ancient times were famed for their forest beauty. The forest constitutes the most important effort in reforestation of the Holy Land.
The tree shipped by King George was removed from Windsor Great Park in London, where it was the only one of its kind. It is the first ever to have been shipped from England to Palestine.