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Trees of Reflection 

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The collection was started in early 2016 when a Silver Birch (Betula Pendula) was planted in memory of The Cart Shed participant, Mark Brownlie, who had taken his own life the previous October. The spot chosen for Mark’s tree was a corner of a field known as The Front Ground, between the mature woodland of Devereux Wootton Orls and the newly-planted Jubilee Wood.

In subsequent years further trees were planted to commemorate other people, some allied to The Cart Shed others not, as well as to mark significant events in the charity’s progression.

This brief record has been compiled so that anyone who is interested can learn a little about those commemorated and the significance of the trees linked directly to the charity.

Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, not all the records are as desired but I have included all the information that I have been given and that, in some instances, found through other means.

It is said that one does not plant a tree for oneself but for posterity. I trust this small archive will serve similar purpose.


Fay Wrixon

July 2023

Please click on the names below to read each person's story. 

1. Mark Brownlie

Silver Birch (Betula Pendula) planted 2016

2. Barbara Ellis

Handkerchief Tree (Davidia Involucrata) planted 2017

3. Karen King

Beech (Fagus Sylvatica) planted in 2019

4. Suzannah Jane Brow

Common Lime (Tilia × europaea) planted in 2018

5. Mary Johnson Wrixon

Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) planted in 2021

6. Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee

Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) planted in 2022

7. Queen's Award For Voluntary Servic

Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum) planted in 2017

8. Adam Hodges  

Mountain Ash (Sorbus Aucuparia) planted in 2018

9. Martin Watkins  

Red Alder (Alnus Rubra) planted in 2017

10. Dennis Watson 

Wild Service (Sorbus Torminalis) planted in 2021

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In a corner of a Devereux Wootton field is a small collection of special trees

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