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Trees planted to mark centenary of park given to Epsom by former PM
Four trees have been planted to mark the centenary of a park given to Epsom by a former prime minister.
The mayor of Epsom Councillor Colin Taylor helped to plant the trees in Rosebery Park, Epsom, on November 24.
Lord Rosebery, a Liberal statesman and prime minister during the Victorian era, bought the land for use as a free and open space.
He gave it to the council on November 26, 1913 as ‘proof of his deep and abiding affection for Epsom’.
The Friends of Rosebery Park came up with the idea of a centenary tree planting and secured the funds.
Epsom Council paid for the planting while former county Councillor Chris Frost purchased the tulip and handkerchief trees and county Councillor Tina Mountain funded an engraved stone block to be installed next year.
The handkerchief tree, also known as the dove or ghost tree, gets its name from its flowers which are surrounded by white bracts - a specialised type of leaf.
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