Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero and schoolchildren from two local schools planted trees to honour the memory and legacy of murdered MP Jo Cox.
The events took place at the Memorial Gardens on Mansfield Road in Eastwood and at Brierley Forest Park in Huthwaite on Friday, the one year anniversary of Jo’s tragic death.
They were part of The Great Together, an initiative thought of by Jo’s friends and family to honour her memory and the way in which she lived her life, which saw activities taking place up and down the country.
Year 6 pupils from Brookhill Leys Primary School attended the Eastwood planting and did a lovely reading of some of their thoughts about Jo and all the people who make valuable contributions to society.
Children from All Saints Infant School read a touching poem at the tree planting at Brierley.
Two trees which will have white blossoms were planted at both sites – great white cherry trees at Eastwood and Indian bean trees at Brierley.
They were chosen because they recall the ‘White Helmets’, the Syrian volunteer search and rescue workers, who risk their lives to save others in war-torn Syria.
The Syrian conflict and the plight of its people was a cause very close to Jo’s heart.
Gloria said: “Jo was the most energetic, happy, smiley person anyone could ever meet. She just wanted people to be happy and she woke every morning wanting to do good.
“These trees are one way of ensuring her legacy lives on. Just as they continue to grow, memories of Jo will grow and the things that she believed in will carry on.
“Love is always the best way to combat hate and all of us should try a little bit harder to love like Jo so our communities are better places.”