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Unveiling of plaque and bench at Tree Planting site in Tovil

The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton unveiled a plaque and bench at Bridge Mill Way, Tovil on Saturday 3 June. 11am

A plaque and recycled bench have been installed at Bridge Mill Way to mark planting of trees and greening of the area by the Soroptimist International club of Medway and Maidstone.

In January 2022, members of Soroptimist International Medway and Maidstone, planted 420 native tree whips in the ex-landfill site area of Bridge Mill Way Recreation ground in co-operation with the Parks department of Maidstone Borough Council, to help re-wild the area. Since the planting Soroptimists have helped to maintain the area by carrying out periodic clean ups to help keep the area litter free. It is now a beautiful and peaceful area with lots of wild flowers, enjoyed by residents and dog walkers.

The unveiling was by The Worshipful The Mayor Cllr Gordon Newton and Soroptimist International Regional President Lynne Chiswick.

The former Mayor Cllr Fay Gooch also joined us proudly wearing a Soroptimist brooch, as she was in office in January 2022 when we planted the whips and was very supportive of the work of Soroptimists to improve the lives of women and girls.

The unveiling coincided with the chartering of SI Medway and Maidstone on 3 June 1946 some 77 years ago.