Villagers celebrate anniversary of oak tree planting in Empingham

Gwyn Griffiths, parish council chairman Eileen Ray, Nick Hamilton from 'Barnsdale Gardens and John Haward Photo: SM090811-020ow

Gwyn Griffiths, parish council chairman Eileen Ray, Nick Hamilton from 'Barnsdale Gardens and John Haward Photo: SM090811-020ow

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VILLAGERS gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of a special tree-planting ceremony this week.

An evergreen oak was planted by television gardener Geoff Hamilton in Empingham in 1991 to mark the 800th anniversary of St Peter’s Church in the village.

Twenty years later it has grown into a prominent feature in the village and on Tuesday key people in the village met at the tree to remember the occasion.

Former tree warden, Gwyn Griffiths, of Willoughby Road, Empingham, said: “The tree is located on the village green adjacent to the Empingham village sign.

“When it was planted we put a time capsule beneath the tree so that future generations can recall events of the 20th century.”

Parish council chairman Eileen Ray, former parish council chairman Peter Baker, churchwarden John Haward and Nick Hamilton, of Barnsdale Gardens, attended the event.