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Tree planting in memory of Wyn

A Magnolia Grandiflora has been planted at Pilgrims' Patch by Garth Hubbert, British Red Cross centre officer and Lorraine Bisby, British Red Cross advanced first aider in memory of Winifred Stirk (Wyn). Relatives, colleagues and members of Boston in Bloom gathered on Thursday morning for the planting ceremony.

Wyn was born in 1927 and sadly passed away recently. She was the commandant (latterly known as centre organiser) of the British Red Cross Unit in Boston. She was largely responsible for raising the funds for building the local Red Cross building with the support of the people of Boston.

Wyn was associated with the Red Cross for over 80 years attending the Nottingham Unit with her mother and grandmother at the age of 8 years old. She was in charge at Boston for over 50 years and attended unit meetings until a few weeks before her death.

The Magnolia Grandiflora which has been planted is also known as the evergreen magnolia or the Bull Bay Magnolia. This broad conical shaped tree has glossy dark green leaves producing goblet shaped creamy flowers, which are highly fragrant, from later summer to early autumn.

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