Sir Tom memorial – a tribute from a landscaping firm and nursery suppliers –
Harrogate Landscaping, Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Yorkshire Nursery Johnsons of Whixley recently helped create a touching memorial to a national hero and fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised millions for the NHS in 2020 and sadly his before 100 passed this February.
Unveiled in July with Sir Tom’s family, young soldiers and sponsors, the memorial is located at Army Foundation College Harrogate, where he was an Honorary Colonel.
Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd hired Kris Elvidge, a local stonemason, to engrave the stones seen on the front and back of the college headquarters, identifying the start and finish of Capt Sir Tom Moore Walk. They also created four seating areas surrounding a central stone halfway down the main aisle taken by junior soldiers on parade day.
Johnsons, who celebrated their 100th anniversary in June, donated two Magnolia ‘Double Diamond’ 200-250 110L trees and 50 Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. The trees are among the six trees planted by Army College junior soldiers to honor Sir Tom and start the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign across the country.
Stuart Skelton, Director of Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to be involved in the Captain Sir Tom Moore Memorial. Hopefully this will inspire future generations of junior soldiers as well. “
Eleanor Richardson, Marketing Manager for Johnsons of Whixley, added: “We were delighted to be part of this fitting tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who was a true inspiration. The donation is particularly appropriate as the magnolia is native to Asia, where it served in World War II. “
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree-planting initiative to mark the Queen’s platinum anniversary in 2021. People across the UK are invited to plant a tree for the anniversary. Community groups and schools are encouraged to attend from October when the tree begins the planting season.