Oxenhope has been given a special reminder of the Queen's legacy after Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was selected to receive a tree from The Queen's Green Canopy.
The Rowan sapling, which formed part of the magnificent ‘Tree of Trees’ Sculpture which stood outside Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer, was planted during a special ceremony in the peaceful gardens of the hospice earlier this week.
The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire selected Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice to be home for the tree and Ed Anderson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire said: “We’re really proud that Oxenhope has received this very special gift of a ‘Tree of Trees’ and we’re delighted to donate the tree to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, which is such a vital local organisation providing specialist care and support to the West Yorkshire communities of Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven, Ilkley and Bradford.”
“It is even more poignant to plant the tree here to symbolise the connection the charity had with the Queen through her Royal Patronage.”
Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley addded: "It is wonderful to see a tree being planted at the brilliant Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope in memory of their Royal Patron Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Sue Ryder Manorlands make such a positive contribution to our community, and it has been an absolute pleasure to meet their team and participate in fundraisers like their annual Mascot Run this year.
“This is an extremely special occasion for Manorlands and the communities that they support, and I know that this tree will give patients, visitors, volunteers and staff a new space for remembrance and reflection for many years to come."
Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Vicky Reynolds, had the honour of planting the tree, with Sue Ryder volunteers, supporters, staff, NHS partners, local dignitaries and local school children, invited along to enjoy the momentous occasion.
Vicky said: “I look forward to hearing how the sapling takes root here at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice to serve as a permanent reminder of the Queen’s legacy and I hope the tree brings joy to hospice patients, visitors, volunteers and staff alike.”
Sarah Bottomley, Service Director at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice said, “It is a tremendous honour for our hospice to be recognised with this donation. It brings us great pride.
“It has been wonderful to welcome the Deputy Lieutenant to meet some of our valued volunteers, supporters, staff, NHS partners and local school children to witness the planting ceremony today. As the sapling grows I know it will stand tall as a reminder to all of the amazing legacy of the Queen and the support she gave our charity during her 43-year Royal Patronage.”
Bryony, a year six pupil and head girl at Oxenhope Church of England Primary School, was among the guests at the ceremony. She said: “I really enjoyed it, it was a really tranquil and peaceful place. All the people there were really nice and I think the tree is really good as it will be there for a long time, and we want to be able to remember her for a really long time.”