Barbara chose to sponsor a tree in a local park in Bedford as a lasting way to remember her late husband, and celebrate his life.
A few people gathered in Russell Park, a well-used green space at the centre of the community, to see the newly planted tree.
Bedford Borough Council Tree Officer Tristan Addo describes the tree chosen for this spot:
The tree we’ve planted here is a
Sorbus aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling'
– commonly known as a Rowan/Mountain Ash.
This native tree brings lovely colour in the autumn, the leaves turn a nice reddish-orange, with orange berries that birds and other wildlife enjoy eating. In the spring it has pretty white flowers.
This one is already about 6 years old, but rowans can live for up to 100 years, so it will enhance this park for generations.
“Phil loved fuchsias, so my granddaughter Molly had a tattoo of one done in memory of him.
This tree represents something good, it’s growing so is always changing and will give us lots to look forward to over the seasons.
I’m really glad I did this, I’m looking forward to the spring when it flowers, it’ll look beautiful.”