Oak trees planted in memory of former Welwyn Hatfield councillors

PUBLISHED: 14:37 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 10 December 2018

Late Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Leader councillor Mandy Perkins' husband David and family at the commemorative trees planting on The Campus in Welwyn Garden City on Friday, December 7.

Late Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Leader councillor Mandy Perkins' husband David and family at the commemorative trees planting on The Campus in Welwyn Garden City on Friday, December 7.

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Four commemorative trees have been planted in memory of former Welwyn Hatfield councillors.

Welwyn Hatfield Council Mayor, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, digs a hole for one of the commemorative trees planted on The Campus in Welwyn Garden City.Welwyn Hatfield Council Mayor, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, digs a hole for one of the commemorative trees planted on The Campus in Welwyn Garden City.

The unswept oak trees on The Campus in Welwyn Garden City honour late leader Mandy Perkins and former mayor Lynne Sparks and replace four Lombary poplars felled as part of the council’s replacement program.

The Quercus Koster trees have the same iconic silhouette as Lombardy poplar trees – tall and narrow – but live much longer.

Mandy’s husband David planted a tree, as did Lynne’s children Sian and Tom and husband Ian.

Mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and chief executive Rob Bridge also planted a tree each to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.

Welwyn Hatfield Mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and chief executive Rob Bridge each planted a new tree to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.Welwyn Hatfield Mayor councillor Barbara Fitzsimon and chief executive Rob Bridge each planted a new tree to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, executive member for environment, said: “The new trees are a reminder of the hard work and dedication shown by both Mandy and Lynne to the people of Welwyn Hatfield.

“I hope that when residents pass the trees they will remember the commitment and compassion shown during their time serving our communities as councillors, leader and mayor.”

The tree planting on Friday, December 7, was attended by councillors, council staff and friends and family of the former councillors.

David Perkins said: “Mandy was extremely proud to be a borough councillor, and for more than 23 years worked hard to serve the residents to the best of her ability in many different roles.

“She was honoured to be elected leader earlier this year, the culmination of a long career in local politics.

“There will forever be a lasting memorial to her dedicated service to this borough and its residents.

“It is also fitting that she is remembered alongside her dear friend Lynne.

“Two lovely ladies sadly taken from us before their time.”

Ian Sparks said: “As Lynne’s family, we are so pleased that the lives of Lynne and Mandy have been celebrated by the planting of trees at the heart of our community.

“Both were strong community champions who believed passionately in helping others and making our borough a better place for us all so it’s fitting that the trees are oaks.

“The Campus is such a lovely location for our families and friends to sit and reflect.”

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