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The Teddington Society with the help of the Council planted a Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) tree in Park Road last week to honour the memory of Joan Freeman a Vice President of the Society who died last December aged 96. Having joined the Society when it began in the 1970s, Joan organised Teddington In Flower for nearly 20 years, she organised Flower Shows and helped plant the birch trees in the High Street so a tree in her memory is particularly apt. Her daughter Jill and granddaughter Kate helped with the planting by adding the last spadeful of soil. Craig Ruddick, the council’s Arboriculture Officer chose the Black Walnut for this spot and arranged for Gristwood and Toms to supply and plant it. About 20 members of the Society watched including President, Baroness Hilton. Afterwards refreshments were had in the garden of the newly refurbished Adelaide pub. Given the current heatwave members who live nearby have been asked to do the occasional watering to help it get established.

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