Bury in Bloom’s idea of a tree in memory of its late chairman Mike Ames came at exactly the right time for his family.
Speaking after the Japanese Maple was planted in Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens today, his daughter Anthea Ames said: “As a family we said we wanted dad to be remembered and we wanted somewhere we could go but we didn’t want it in a graveyard.
“But this is right and fitting. This came out of the blue: as we were talking about it, Bury in Bloom phoned up. I’m very pleased.”
The tree is beside a small stone bearing the words: “Mike Ames BEM, 4 May 1937 - 27 May 2014, Past Chairman Bury in Bloom, President Anglia in Bloom.”
It is next to a plaque recording the gardens winning the Grand Prix d’Excellence of the international Entante Florale in 1989.
Mike’s wife Monica said: “I was hoping they would do this – it’s very fitting.”
Pointing to the plaque she added: “We were here for the unveiling of that and he was very proud of it. This was his favourite place and we used to bring the grand children and our children here.”
About 20 family members joined Bury in Bloom and council members for the planting.
Brian Thornton, who took over presidency of Anglia in Bloom from Mike, said: “He was president from 1998 until he died. He was such a gentleman.”