Late Queen’s living legacy honour for Hattersley

HATTERSLEY Community Big Garden Project is one of just 12 groups and charities across Greater Manchester to receive a living legacy in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

The group has been given one of the 350 trees that made up the Queen’s Tree of Trees sculpture outside Buckingham Palace as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

As a centre piece, the living sculpture stood 21m tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism to the nation and the world.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, it was designed to draw attention to the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign, which has seen over a million trees planted in the UK to mark the 70 years of her reign.

HATTERSLEY Community Big Garden Project is one of just 12 groups and charities across Greater Manchester to receive a living legacy in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

Representatives of all 12 Greater Manchester charities collected their trees from Bolton Wanderers Football Club in the presence of the Mayors of the 10 boroughs and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

The Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester Diane Hawkins presented a rowan tree set in a pot embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher to Dez Claire and Cllr Betty Affleck from the Hattersley Community Big Garden Project.

It was awarded in recognition of the vital contribution the group makes to the community, and to encourage care for the trees which already exist as part of our landscape.

Dez said: “In three years, our dedicated group of volunteers have taken what was a rundown and neglected site and transformed it into a little oasis at the heart of our community.

“I feel so proud that our efforts have been recognised and we will encourage everyone in our community to look after this special tree.”

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