North Glasgow Community Food Initiative to unveil new “Tree of Remembrance” garden to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The North Glasgow Community Food Initiative (NGCFI) is inviting local people to attend the opening ceremony for the new “Tree of Remembrance” garden at Milton Community Garden on Tuesday, February 14.

The Woodland Trust has gifted the NGCFI with 420 trees to plant as part of their Jubilee Woods project and, over the past month, local people have had the opportunity to plant a tree at the new garden in memory of someone they love.

One particular tree, the Royal Oak sapling, has been grown from seeds gathered from one of the Royal Estates, and the community wish this tree to be at the heart of the garden in commemoration of The Unknown Soldier.

Like many other communities in Scotland, Milton has seen its share of young men not returning from active duty so, as a mark of respect, this sapling will be planted by a member of the armed forces.

Natalie McCall, Milton Community Garden Coordinator for the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative, said:

“We’re delighted to be opening the Tree of Remembrance garden at the Milton Community Garden on Valentine’s Day, which seems appropriate as all the trees planted so far have been dedicated to those who have been loved and lost.

“It would be lovely to see people from the local community there on Tuesday. As well as planting the Royal Oak sapling during the opening ceremony, we will also be reading out the names of those who have already had trees planted in their memory.

“We still have some available, so anyone who would like to plant a free tree in memory of a loved one is welcome to get in touch.”

The opening ceremony will take place at 3.30pm beside Liddesdale Square on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14).

Anyone who would like to plant a free tree in memory of someone they love can call Natalie on 0141 558 2500.

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