“Tree of trees” awarded to local charity

Purple Oak Support is delighted to receive a special tree from The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) “Tree of Trees” which stood tall as a message of hope, regeneration and optimism to the nation and the world as part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations.

Purple Oak Support joins over 300 organisations from across the UK who were recently announced by the QGC as recipients of these special trees in The Queen’s name, which are gifted in a pot embossed with Her Majesty’s cypher.

Presented by Lady Louisa Portal, on behalf of Mr. Nigel Atkinson, The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire the tree will be planted on Thursday 10th November 2022.

The tree becomes part of the living legacy in honour of Her Majesty, joining over a million trees already planted across the UK as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy.

We are a community organisation and we hope that our local community will enjoy the addition of this tree.  Our Founder Elizabeth Hall, MBE had a much loved phrase which we cherish to this day “from tiny acorns do mighty Oaks grow”.  For us to become custodians of this tree seems like a suitable fit.  

Lisa Rogers, CEO of Purple Oak Support said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of the 8 organisations across Hampshire to receive this gift. Having seen the spectacular sculpture outside Buckingham Palace across the Jubilee weekend celebrations, it is a huge honour to now be custodians of a piece of this moment in history.

We are busy deciding on the perfect spot for our marvellous new Alder tree and look forward to sharing the details of the official planting which is due to take place on 10th November.. We look forward to cherishing this for years to come.”

President of Purple Oak Support Iris Anderson told Andover Radio “I am delighted that Purple Oak has been awarded this prestigious honour. Such great news and a great moment for Andover”.

Purple Oak Support take pride in our history. We have been serving the communities of Andover and the surrounding areas for over 55 years. What started out as a concerned group of parents whose children had a learning disability, has now turned into a charity which has had over 7000 people access our community services.