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27th Sep, 2021

Removal of memorial tree to Droitwich teacher prompts search to find original donor

A SEARCH has been launched to find the original donor of a tree planted in Droitwich in memory of a local teacher.

The horse chestnut was planted in St Peter’s Fields in tribute to retired teacher Jimmy James.

The tree had to be removed after becoming a public safety risk.

Wychavon District Council’s experts deemed it to be structurally unstable with poor growth and a compression fracture, meaning the tree could no longer support its own weight.

The authority has no other information about who donated the tree or Mr James and wants to plant a new tree in his memory, along with a plaque dedicated to him.

It has now appealed for the original donor to come forward.

Coun Emma Stokes, Wychavon’s executive board member for environment, said: “It is always sad when we have to remove a tree but it is particularly upsetting on this occasion as it was planted in memory of someone who obviously meant a great deal.

“We’d like to replace the tree and would urge the original donor, or anyone who has information that could help track them down or about Jimmy, to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information should email Emily Jeavons, Wychavon’s parks and greenspace officer at Emily.Jeavons@wychavon.gov.uk

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