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Special tree planted in memory of community stalwart

A special tree has been planted in remembrance of a resident who helped keep community spirit alive.

Alan Moody passed away in January 2020 following a short illness. The father and grandfather was a former Chair of the resident-led Weoley Hill Village Council.

The Council, founded in 1921, represents the interests of people in the Weoley Hill area.

It helps to raise matters of concern that impact on the wellbeing and community life of residents with public and statutory organisations.

It is also responsible for organising popular events that bring people together like the annual Weoley Hill bonfire event.

Alan, as Chair, played a fundamental role on the Council for many years, supporting local people in many different ways.

On Sunday 12th December, Alan’s family, friends, neighbours and staff from Bournville Village Trust gathered in Weoley Parkway to celebrate his life and plant a handkerchief tree.

A handkerchief tree was chosen as it was part of the original planting scheme laid out when the Bournville estate was first developed and while some of the original trees remain, the one in the Parkway had been lost.

Alan also loved nature and the outdoors, making the tree a fitting tribute.

Helen Moody, Alan’s wife, said: “Thanks to everyone involved in the planting. It will be lovely to see the tree growing each season.”

Helen also wished to reference a poem by Felix Dennis called ‘Whosoever Plants a Tree’ which you can read at https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/whosoever-plants-a-tree/

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