Crewkerne Lions Club have donated a tree for the Henhayes playground. The sorbus aria majestica (whitebeam) was planted in a hole dug by town council ground staff with help from various members of the Lions club on Wednesday morning. Supplied by Queen Thorne landscape gardeners, RHS Chelsea silver gilt award winners based in Sherborne, the whitebeam will eventually have a circular bench around it which Crewkerne Town Council are planning to install at a later date. This will provide a pleasant place for parents to sit and watch their children play.
Crewkerne Lions are celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year and the Centenary of Lions Club International. Lions district governor Fred Broom said: “We wanted to mark the 100 years of Lions Club International in an environmental way and planting a tree seemed ideal.” Lions Club International began in America on June 7th, 1917. It was founded by a Chicago businessman who invited his colleagues to put their talents together, to help improve communities.
The first London Lions Club, founded in 1950, was sponsored by Ontario Lions, following an earlier visit to Canada by the Queen Mothers’ equerry who thanked them for helping with orphaned children during the Second World War. Members of the Henhayes Regeneration committee attended the planting of the tree in Crewkerne. The group who have been working tirelessly to upgrade play equipment in the children’s play area at Henhayes, were pleased to accept the whitebeam, which will grow to provide a leafy addition to the play area.