On Saturday 24th June in beautiful weather the Mayor of Havant and her Consort graciously inaugurated the new and beautiful sign at the entrance to the Arboretum.
The sign was designed by local artist Marian Forster and the metalwork created and finished by one of the trustees, Guy Schofield. We are grateful to the Emsworth Residents Forum, some of whom are pictured below with the Mayor, who provided funding sponsorship to the sum of £950 for the sign. Trustees, donors and supporters were in attendance for this landmark occasion.
The Mayor made a speech to mark the occasion, an excerpt of which follows: "We hope the arboretum will provide comfort and solice to residents of the borough and Westbourne and eventually add significantly to the natural environment. The third aim is to provide opportunities for younger people to learn more about trees and their importance in the ecosystem. It is my great pleasure to declare the sign OPEN.”