Thrive group photo with Silver birch
The skies may have been gloomy, but spirits weren’t dampened as the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, client gardeners, volunteers and staff gathered for a very special tree planting ceremony at Beech Hill.

Chair of Thrive’s Trustees, Faith Ramsay welcomed the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley, who said he had chosen Thrive for its work supporting mental and physical health through gardening and said, “I believe your charity has made a positive and measurable impact on the community. This tree and pot are symbols of gratitude for your tireless efforts, and I hope it will bring pride to your organisation and community.”

The birch tree was donated to Thrive as part The Queen’s Green Canopy “Tree of Trees”, a unique initiative celebrating the Platinum Jubilee and continuing the Queen’s legacy of hope, regeneration and optimism. Over a million trees have already been planted across the nation during the first planting season ending in March 2022. The extension of the Royal project until March 2023 will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and people.

Client gardener, Aaron Alger has been attending sessions at Thrive for sixteen years and said he was pleased to have been chosen to help with the preparations.

Thrive’s CEO, Kathryn Rossiter explained, “Tree planting is a wonderful way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and our tree will be a superb addition to our garden and will bring great joy to client gardeners, volunteers and visitors for years to come.”

After the ceremony, tea and homemade cakes were served by staff and client gardeners, followed by tours round the gardens.

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