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Tree of Trees and Community Allotment

Father Edmund

29 Jan 2023

Last Tuesday at the George Street Bowling Green on the Westminster estate, the Lord Lieutenant, Lady Redmond, planted a tree gifted to the borough by The King in memory of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. This tree was one of three hundred that formed the ‘Tree of trees’ that stood outside Buckingham Palace as part of the festival marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.

These trees have now been distributed to different parts of the United Kingdom to stand as a memorial and a legacy to the late Queen’s life and reign. I was invited to bless the tree after it was planted, and it now stands in the centre of what will become a Community Garden and Allotment.

Given the excellent work on this across the communities of Ellesmere Port, and so close to Our Lady Star of the Sea, it seems more appropriate that we participate in this scheme to start a Community Garden and Allotment, rather than duplicate and have our own in the grounds of the church and presbytery. May I invite those who have mentioned an interest, to check out the work of the Westminster Families and their project, including a short video and contact information at: If parishioners felt able to get involved in this, it would strengthen cross-community links from our Catholic parish with our neighbours and friends in Ellesmere Port, and help foster new friendships and connexions in our town.

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