Tree is memorial to Haughton Green volunteer

THE legacy of a Haughton Green volunteer who gave hours of time and effort has been marked with the planting of a tree in her honour.

And the hope is Lorraine Davis’ work can result in benefits for the community from the apples it produces.

The garden area at the back of the Haughton Green Centre on Tatton Road is now home to the memorial after it was put in alongside some well-established rhubarb.

Jo Fowler of the centre believes it is the perfect way to give a lasting memory of Lorraine, who died last year from cancer aged 60.

She said: “Lorraine was a trustee here, a volunteer and ran the knitting group for a few years.

“She took that on because the person who was running it left, which is always the issue with volunteering – people have to step up and they don’t get a lot of thanks when they do.

“We want to champion the volunteers so they actually get the recognition they deserve. This centre is run by a charity, which means volunteers.

“Health services are offered here but without the charity, we’d probably lose all of it.

“It’s a family apple tree with three different varieties and it’s similar to volunteering, it’s something that’s being given back all the time.”

Friends recalled Lorraine helping in the centre’s reception and always having a smile on her face.

In 2017, the knitting group was set up and being a keen knitter and crochet enthusiast, she quickly joined, followed by good friend Aileen.

Two years later, she accepted the honour becoming a trustee centre and helped raised funds for other events.

Plans are afoot to really build and develop the work at the Haughton Green Centre, which hosts all kinds of groups and even hosts a free book exchange.

And Haughton Green woman Lorraine’s tree can play a role in making sure it helps the people around it.

Jo added: “We could give away the apples to people in the community.

“Also, we could have the community come in and actually garden.

“It can be used by people to help with their anxiety or other mental health issues after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We could also take the apples and cook with them in the community kitchen or we can teach children where food comes from.”

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