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Tree keeps Ormesby boy's memory alive

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 September 2010

THE memory of an Ormesby lad is set to live on in a horse chestnut tree to be planted on the village green.

George Howard died in April aged nearly eight, having put up with a host of problems since birth.

THE memory of an Ormesby lad is set to live on in a horse chestnut tree to be planted on the village green.

George Howard died in April aged nearly eight, having put up with a host of problems since birth.

His parents Paul and Michelle Howard of West Avenue approached the parish council with their request for a living memorial to their son who was well-known in the village for his big beaming smile.

His plight was the inspiration for local fundraising as villagers rallied to raise money for new equipment as he grew, staging a pub fun day and beard shave among other things - all proceeds going to George's Gifts which continues to make charitable donations in his name.

Geoff Freeman, chairman of Ormesby with Scratby Parish Council, said he hoped conkers tumbling from the tree in autumn would be taken up by children for traditional playground duels in fitting tribute to George, who would have loved to gambol on the green among his chums.

He said: “I have suggested a horse chestnut because all of the conkers will fall down for the kids. What we are hoping to do is to try to plant a semi-mature tree in October of around five to six metres tall so that it will establish and grow quite quickly.

“There will then be a dedication by the Rev Neil Spencer.”

Mr Howard said saplings from seeds and acorns collected on days out with George at Longleat Safari Park and Disneyland Paris were helping them to remember family fun.

A tree on the green would be a living legacy that would hopefully outlast them all and give something back to the community in the form of a decent tree.

It would also help baby sister Ruby connect with her brother's memory. The siblings spent three precious months together before George died.

The memorial plan follows the planting of an oak tree in memory of Simon Scott-Greenard who died in 2006 aged 37, in recognition of his service to the village and his love of horticulture. A memorial plaque is due to be placed by the tree.

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