The Town of Godalming is the lucky winner of a tree that we planted on Thursday 11th November in Broadwater Park, Godalming.

Roots for the Future held a raffle at Godalming’s Green Gala in August. The winning ticket holder was Town Councillor Shirley Faraday who kindly donated the sweet smelling Katsura tree to the town.

Godalming Town Council Council Councillor Shirley Faraday (Green Party), Councillor Michael Steel (Lib Dem) Francesca Fryer Rigden from Roots for the Future, Jason Hunter from Godalming Town Council Grounds Team and Dr David Faraday, Trustee and Chair of What Next? planted the tree to mark the closing days of the COP26 talks and celebrating the newly established What Next? Climate Emergency Centre for Waverley.

What Next? Climate Emergency Centres for Waverley is a newly registered charity that aims to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency. The centres will provide the people of Waverley Borough support and information on ways to live more sustainably, consume responsibly and reduce their carbon footprint.

Councillor Shirley Faraday said:

“I was delighted to win this beautiful tree that will remind me of Godalming’s first Green Gala organised by Godalming Town Council. Planting a mature tree inspires my commitment to limiting and adapting to climate change. I hope the smell of the candy-floss scented leaves will inspire others too.”

We are so glad that this tree, generously donated to Roots for the Future’s raffle by Hornbeam Tree Surgery, will be enjoyed by everyone. Tree planting is one of the simplest and most enjoyable actions humankind can take to confront climate change.