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Pride of Stamford Litter Pickers provide help after memorial tree on Stamford Meadows is snapped

People who sprang into action after vandals snapped a memorial tree have been thanked by a woman living in America.

Neil McIvor and other Pride of Stamford Litter Pickers volunteers responded after a young American sweetgum tree was found snapped in half on The Meadows in Stamford.

They replaced the tree with a similar sweetgum from the same supplier using donations people made after hearing about the problem, and took the memorial tree away to be nurtured back to health.

Emailing from Colorado, Cherryl Andrews told Neil that she had heard about the kind act and added: “Your group... must be commended for attending to this senseless act. I’m truly grateful.”

She added: “Stamford is definitely lucky to have you all taking care of things.”

The tree had been planted for Ms Andrews’ late husband, Peter Robinson, a former chief planning officer for South Kesteven District Council. The location was chosen because he took pride in Stamford.

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