The staff here at Deene recently gathered for a very special reason – it was to present Charlotte Brudenell with a cedar tree for her recent birthday. Mrs Brudenell was delighted to receive the 10ft cedar tree, that has now been planted within the Parkland, in a prominent position that overlooks the House.
Selected with care by our Head Gardener, Andrew Jones, the Cedrus deodara is a species of large evergreen coniferous tree, with a distinct form of conical crown, and horizontal branches which droop towards the end. This lovely tree is native to the western Himalayas in East Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Northern India, Southwestern Tibet and Western Nepal.
In Hindu culture, cedrus deodara is a sacred tree. Forests of Deodar or Devedaru …. Literally meaning ‘sacred tree’, were the favourite living place of ancient Indian sages and their families, who were devoted to the Hindu God Shiva. To please Lord Shiva, the sages used to perform tapsaya meditation practices in deodar forests. Also, the ancient Hindu epics and Shaivite texts regularly mention Darukavana, meaning a forest of deodars, as a sacred place.
The staff joined to wish Mrs Brudenell a very happy birthday, and were glad to present such a striking tree that will enhance the Parkland for many years to come.