Tree planting ceremony planned for festival organiser

Rotary Gardens

Posted on: 6 May 2016

A special tree planting ceremony is planned for Pilton in memory of one of the Green Man Festival organisers.

An oak tree will be planted in memory of Hamish Patrick at 5pm on Friday 13 May in the Rotary Gardens. Hamish was heavily involved with organising the festival for many years, before passing away in December 2014.

Local residents who would like to attend the ceremony  are welcome to come along. It has been arranged by the organisers of the Green Man Festival and North Devon Council who own the gardens.

Executive member for parks and leisure at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “It is great that we are able to plant this tree in the Rotary Gardens for someone who was so well known and respected in the local community. I hope that it is enjoyed for many years to come.”

Local ward member, Councillor Mair Manuel, said: “Hamish was central to the incorporation of Rotary Gardens into the Pilton Festival and for years masterminded the use of Rotary Gardens on the day. Pilton and Bradiford residents, as well as the wider festival community, are indebted to him and this is a fitting and living memorial.”

Local ward member, Councillor Brian Greenslade, added: “This is a very fitting tribute to someone who helped enrich the community by putting Pilton on the map.”

The oak tree has been provided by the festival organisers to be planted in the garden to replace one that was recently felled.

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