Appeal to find memorial tree donor

An appeal is being made to find the original donor of a tree planted in memory of a local teacher.

The Horse Chestnut tree was planted in St Peter's Fields in Droitwich some years ago in tribute to a retired teacher called Jimmy James.

Unfortunately, Wychavon has no more information about Jimmy or who donated the tree.

The tree sadly has had to be removed as a survey found it was structurally unstable with poor growth and compression fracture – meaning the tree was no longer able to support its own weight. If action had not been taken, then it would have posed a safety risk to the public.

Wychavon is keen to plant a new tree in memory of Jimmy and reinstall the plaque dedicated to him but needs to get in touch with the original donor.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment on Wychavon District Council, said: "It is always sad when we have to remove a tree but it is particularly upsetting on this occasion as it was planted in memory of someone who obviously meant a great deal. We'd like to replace the tree and would urge the original donor, or anyone who has information that could help track them down or about Jimmy, to get in touch with us."

Anyone with any information should email Emily Jeavons, Wychavon's parks and greenspace officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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