On Saturday 5 March, Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group (above right), planted a tree in Woodlands Crescent as a gift to local residents during Poundbury Gardens’ 10-year anniversary celebrations. The Alnus incana Aurea, which is more commonly known as a Golden Alder, was a particular favourite of Mike’s father, David Burks, who was a regular visitor to both the garden centre and the neighbouring park during its early years.
Professor David Leaper, chairman of the Poundbury Residents Association, (above centre left) explains; “The Golden Alder has always meant something special to me, so I am very thankful to Mike and Lucy for planting one in this communal space for everyone who lives in or visits Poundbury to enjoy.”
Lucy Simpson, manager of Poundbury Gardens, adds; “We couldn’t have reached this great milestone without the support of the Poundbury Residents Association or the local community, so we wanted to say a huge thank you and plant this commemorative tree as a token of our appreciation. We look forward to watching the tree grow, as the community of Poundbury continues to flourish.”
Photo: (L-R) Kelvin Henwood, Gold Club member, Professor David Leaper, chairman of the Poundbury Residents Association, Lucy Simpson, manager of Poundbury Gardens, and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group.
For more information about the 10 days of celebrations at Poundbury Gardens, please visit www.thegardeneronline.co.uk