The late Roy Hood was known throughout the village of Loose and the surrounding area. It has now been over a year since his passing.
At the Parish Council meeting December 2013, shortly after his death, Chairman Vianne Gibbons asked councillors to consider what might be a lasting tribute to Roy, whose family have lived and worked in Loose for several generations. In her words, she thought it should be ‘big and made of wood’ in view of the fact that trees and their well-being were his great passion (along with gullies and streams!).
Because of this passion, and Roy’s association with the Kent Men of the Trees, it has been suggested a number of trees be planted in the top corner of Brooks Field (the field next to the stream in the village) creating ‘Roy’s Wood’ as a lasting memorial to the ‘unofficial Mayor of Loose’. The field is owned and managed by Loose Parish Council, upon which, amongst his many other activities, Roy served as a parish councillor for over 40 years.
Kent Men of the Trees have offered to provide the trees, and are looking for volunteers who may be interested in taking part with the planting. Villagers, including those in the Loose Amenities Association working parties, have been working with the Loose Parish Council in preparing the land in question and the trees have been planted.
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