Chapel teen inspired by Duke of Edinburgh award scheme plants memorial tree for Prince Philip

A young man inspired by one of Prince Philip’s crowning achievements has planted a tree in his memory in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:02 am

As preparation’s for the duke’s funeral were being finalised on Saturday, April 17, Sam Fergusson was leaving a lasting tribute at the Townend Community Garden.

Sam volunteers at the garden every week as he pursues his Duke of Edinburgh gold award and wished to pay his respects for all that the scheme had given him.

He said: “Over the past three years I have been committed to the Duke of Edinburgh award, completing my bronze and now moving on to my gold award.

Sam Fergusson has experienced the life-changing impact of the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

“Throughout this time, I have seen a new side of my community that I wouldn’t have known about before volunteering, realising that volunteering isn’t a boring and pointless activity.”

He added: “Giving my time and energy to a good cause gives me a sense of satisfaction and happiness from helping my community.

“We have planted a tree in memory of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for his years of devoted service, especially for the many younger members of the country who have benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.”

The community garden has been developed over the past two years on a field owned by Chapel Methodist church.

Sam hopes the tree will serve as a long lasting memorial to Prince Philip.

The project boasts an enthusiastic group of volunteers, ranging from just two to 84 years old, and welcomes anyone who would like to help care for the garden, grow flowers, vegetables and fruit, encourage wildlife, or simply to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, tranquil spot.

Every Saturday, it also provides a safe and friendly environment for a support group for people who have become anxious or lost confidence to meet people in public places. For details on how to join, call 01773 734989 or email [email protected]

For all the latest garden updates and information on volunteering, go to https://bit.ly/3sypQfR.

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