Tree to remember nature lover

Tree planting in memory of town councillor Rosemary Stimson
Tree planting in memory of town councillor Rosemary Stimson
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A former Chatteris town councillor has been remembered at a special ceremony held today Thursday.

Rosemary Stimson, who died last year, was remembered by the planting of a tree and the unveiling of a plaque at Little Acre Fen, which is slowly being created into a pocket park for the community to enjoy.

Members of Mrs Stimson’s family together with councillors attended the ceremony which was performed by Deputy Mayor James Carney.

Mr Carney paid tribute to Mrs Stimson as a hardworking and diligent town councillor for over 22 years.

She was a former vice-chairman of Chatteris Town Council and for several years she was chairman of the council’s planning working group.

Mrs Stimson, who was also an active member of the Historic Festival Committee at the time of her death, represented the town council on several outside bodies including the museum and King Edward centre Trustees.

Her love of nature was well known and she often fought the felling of trees and did all she could to preserve wildlife in the town. When she knew she was dying Mrs Stimson asked if a living tree could be planted in her memory rather than a bench which was made of dead wood.

The oak tree planted at Little Acre Fen in Mrs Stimson’s memory is where trees have also been planted by the Women’s Institute. The eventual aim is to create a pocket park to be enjoyed by all and Mrs Stimson’s tree will be at the centre of that park.