Tree memorial to Ormesby’s George

A TREE planted in memory of a happy little boy will provide a loving focus for his sister and be a gift to the village that helped to support him.

George Howard of Ormesby St Margaret was born with a host of problems that affected his development and required specialist treatment and equipment.

Local people rallied to help, raising money for therapy that aimed to improve his condition but he died aged seven, hundreds attending his funeral in bright clothes reflecting his vibrant sense of fun.

That he was able to forge a connection with baby Ruby, born three months before he died, has been of some comfort to his parents Paul and Michelle whose charity George’s Gifts continues to raise money for other children.

The tree - a Copper Beech - aims to add a flourish of colour to the village green and outlive all of them - a lasting memorial to little George, said Mr Howard.

The planting had come about with help from the parish and borough councils, choosing a spot between the old school and the fish and chip shop.

Although only around 12ft tall the tree will reach up to 50ft when fully grown and take its place among established trees.

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Mr Howard said: “It is nice to give something back. We used to go up there to the swings and it will be nice for Ruby to play there too.”

Initially that had hoped for a “conker” tree that would be popular with children but were told it would be vulnerable to a new disease that had struck in other parts of the country although not yet spread to Norfolk.

A Christmas craft fayre being stage at Bracecamp in Ormesby on December 3 is raising money for George’s Gifts. Around 16 stall holders will be offering hand-made items. The event from 10-4pm includes refreshments and raffle to win a wheelbarrow of booze among other donated items.