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Hook Parish Council opens Jubilee Garden

To mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee, Hook Parish Council have created a garden within Wellworth Park in Hook.

It contains three trees (Cherry Blossom, Crab Apple and Amelanchie) which will form part of the Queens Canopy and two benches.  The Amelanchie tree was donated by the Hook Townswomen’s Guild and one of the benches was donated by Odiham & Hook Rotary Club.  Goslings Garden & Fencing Services Ltd installed the benches free of charge, as a donation to the village.  The rest of the garden and the other bench were funded by Hart District Council’s “Here for Hart” fund and Hook Parish Council.  Over time, the Parish Council intend to expand the garden and add more plants/planters.  They are also planting 30 saplings in the autumn elsewhere in the village as part of the Queens Green Canopy.

The garden was opened on Wednesday 1st June by Rory Hodgson (aged 6) who designed the winning plaque for the garden that was also turned into a card that was sent to the Queen on behalf of the village.  He was presented with a certificate and artists gift pack.  Verd Nabbs, Vice Chairman of Hook Parish Council said “We are delighted to unveil this garden as part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and we hope our residents will enjoy it as it develops over time.  We have a strong community spirit in the village that is shown by the generous donations made by local groups and companies to the garden that all the residents can enjoy”.

Vice Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Verd Nabbs and Rory Hodgson cutting the ribbon to open GardenFront Row Rory Hodgson Back Row (left to right)- Sarah McMeeken (Administrative Officer - Environment & Community), Vice Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Verd Nabbs, Sarah Dignan (Clerk to the Council), Katy Hodgson (Rory’s Mum) Rory Hodgson with the Jubilee Garden Plaque and the card that was sent to the Queen on behalf of the village using his design.