Family plants milestone tree in memorial wood at Dovestone Reservoir

A TRANQUIL moorland wood in Greenfield created in memory of loved ones has reached a poignant milestone with the planting of the 50th tree.

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Jack Whittle’s family with the rowan tree planted in his memory Trish Whittle, Ceri Whittle, Steven Forsyth, Kath Sage, John Whittle, Alys Whittle, Martin Sage, Brian Sage, Joanne Ibbotson, Ben Ibbotson, Laura Sage and Jack Woodhead (Picture by Jacqui Green)

The family of Jack Whittle planted a rowan tree in the Celebration Wood at RSPB Dovestone Reservoir in memory of the much-loved husband, dad and granddad.

The wood, which is the first of its kind for the RSPB, offers people a chance to contribute towards the creation of a wild woodland as well as bury ashes beneath the trees.

Kath Sage, Mr Whittle’s daughter, said: “The Celebration Wood was just right as the final resting place for Jack’s ashes.

“We can’t think of a better spot for a resting place than looking down on Dovestone and up at Indian’s Head and Alderman’s Hill, while contributing to conservation and helping to provide a home for the wildlife.

“The day of the planting went so well and the whole family now have a lasting memorial to a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.”

Since the first tree was planted last year, the woodland has gone from strength to strength, with donations for trees received locally and from across the country.

p32 tree planting 1Jacqui Green, Celebration Wood Officer, said: “It’s fantastic to watch the woodland develop into a very special place for many people while creating an important home for nature.

“It’s wonderful to meet many of the families who have made a donation for a tree and help them add to the beauty of this very special place.”

Located close to Ashway Gap picnic area, which is about halfway around the main Dovestone circular trail, the woodland offers stunning views across the reservoir.

Families can choose from a selection of native trees and people who make a donation to plant a tree can sow wildflowers too – something Mr Whittle’s family decided to do.

Kath added: “Jacqui was just brilliant in helping us make decisions about where to plant the tree, the type of tree and the practicalities of the event.

“We’d like to thank her for organising such a memorable occasion for the family, with everyone playing a part in the proceedings.”

For more information about the wood and suggested donations, contact Jacqui Green: 01457 819885 or email: jacqui.green@rspb.org.uk

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