Awliscombe WI marks 70th anniversary by planting a tree
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 March 2016
Members of Awliscombe’s WI have planted a tree in celebration of the group’s 70th anniversary.
The Lucombe oak was planted in the Tracey Estate last Wednesday (February 24).
The group has already enjoyed a variety of celebrations, including lunch at the Harbour Hotel, in Sidmouth, dressed in 1940s’ clothes, and a dinner at Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club.
The tree was planted by Mary Martin, Rosemary Sprigg and Joyce Edwards, who have been WI members since they were 16 years old.
Heather Penwarden, president of Awliscombe WI, said: “A cross between a Turkey oak and a Cork oak, this tree was first raised by William Lucombe of Exeter in 1762 .
“Mr Lucombe was one of the original plantsmen who designed the gardens at Tracey.
“The Furnival family, who are the sixth generation at Tracey, are currently restoring the gardens to their former glory.
“There is a most venerable example of a Lucombe oak tree at Kew Gardens that is 240 years old.
“The ladies of Awliscombe WI hope that the tree will be enjoyed now and by many generations to come.”
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