Pilton community gathers to plant tree in memory of Hamish

PUBLISHED: 13:14 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 16 May 2016

Members of the Pilton community gather for a tree planting in Pilton Rotary Gardens in memory of Hamish Patrick

Members of the Pilton community gather for a tree planting in Pilton Rotary Gardens in memory of Hamish Patrick

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An oak tree was planted in memory of the Pilton Green Man Festival organiser yesterday (Friday).

Hamish Patrick. Picture: Andrew BargeryHamish Patrick. Picture: Andrew Bargery

More than 50 people gathered for a special tree planting in memory of one of Pilton Green Man Festival’s organisers.

An oak tree was planted on Friday in Pilton Rotary Gardens in memory of Hamish Patrick, a founding member of the festival, who died in December 2014.

Hamish’s close friend Bev Neighbour planted the tree alongside her son Warwick Smale and Green Man committee chair Helen Clark-Hayton in beautiful sunshine.

Ms Neighbour said: “I can’t think of a better day to do this - when I think of the pageant rehearsals we’ve had in the rain when Hamish would want us to move into the church hall, and we have this beautiful day.

Helen Clark-Hayton, Warwick Smale and Bev Neighbour planted an oak tree in Pilton Rotary Gardens in memory of Hamish Patrick.Helen Clark-Hayton, Warwick Smale and Bev Neighbour planted an oak tree in Pilton Rotary Gardens in memory of Hamish Patrick.

“We all know what Hamish gave to Pilton and we all know how much he meant to us - hopefully this tree will still be here in 100 years.”

Mr Smale said: “Hamish was very close to my heart and I know this place was close to his as well, so it’s fitting that this tree is being planted here.”

The planting was arranged by festival organisers and North Devon Council.

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


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