Stranraer Potters Garden Receives Tree from the Tree of Trees

Potters Garden, part of the Stair Park Community Garden Centre in Stranraer, has been successfully nominated by the Wigtown Lieutenancy to receive a tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy Tree of Trees sculpture, which was displayed outside Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee weekend earlier this year.

The group received the tree at a special gifting ceremony on Wednesday 16 November.

The Potters Garden was founded in early 2012 when a group of local people identified an opportunity to promote community engagement as a third sector organisation to deliver a garden/training centre specifically for people with learning disabilities. The site at Stair Park has been transformed into 5 working areas, a productive garden (fruit, vegetables & flowers), sensory garden, skills and learning area, workshop & wildlife garden.

Mrs Brewis, Lord-Lieutenant for Wigtown said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a very fitting memorial in honour and loving memory of Her Majesty. Everyone can get involved with planting a tree which will branch out and become a beautiful living legacy that will be enjoyed by our children and our grandchildren for many years to come.”
Denys Potter-Smith, Centre Manager for the Stair Park Community Garden Centre in Stranraer, said: “We are proud and honoured, to plant this native British tree (Sorbus Aucuparia Multi-Stem) in Potters Garden to commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s Green Canopy. It will also be a poignant memory of the tireless work & dedication to duty Her Majesty undertook.”

All 350 British native trees that featured in the 21-metre-tall Tree of Trees sculpture, designed by Heatherwick Studio, have been donated across the UK to a variety of community groups and organisations. The sculpture highlighted the importance of trees and nature as well as the success of the first round of QGC tree-planting, which encouraged over a million trees to be planted between October 2021 to March 2022.

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