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Commemorative Tree Planting
Date Published: Sun 11th Mar 2012

To mark the formation of FoGH a tree planting ceremony was held on the morning of 10th March where local schools and organisations planted 5 trees. The trees, supplied by BTCV, were: 2 common Oaks (one grown from acorns gathered on a royal estate), a green beech, a silver birch and a hornbeam.

FoGH Chairman, Paul Lambert, said:

“Our park is full of old and interesting trees. Ranging from the 500 year old veteran Oaks on the slope by King George's Field, to the 'ghost' tree in the middle of the wetlands area with many others of interest in Hilbert Woods.

These new trees will be planted near to the Hilbert Road gates with the hope they will be mature before they have to replace the existing stand of three veteran Oaks.

This is just the first of many things we hope to achieve in the park through the course of 2012 and beyond. We plan working with the council to enhance our park for the enjoyment of all who use it.”

Trees were planted by:

  • Children form St James CE Junior School
  • Children from St Barnabas CE School
  • Dr Philip Whitbourn OBE, prominent local historian
  • Mrs Jane Melville representing the FoGH committee
  • Members of CREATE the Camden Road Arts group. This tree was planted in memory of choirmaster John Marshall who passed away suddenly a short while ago.

The event was a great success with 50 or more local residents attending. Including relatives of EJ Strange who donated the Hilbert side of the park to the town in 1931.

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