Hereford Futures, the company responsible for the delivery of the £90 million redevelopment of Hereford’s Old Market, is to plant a pair of “Sorbus Olympic Flame” trees in the city to commemorate the visit of the Olympic Torch later this month.
The trees will be planted tomorrow, Friday, May 11, in the Rose Garden next to Coningsby Hospital on Widemarsh Street, by the Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr John Jarvis, and Ted Willmott, Hereford Futures chairman, along with a handful of those privileged to carry the Olympic Torch through the county.
The specially chosen trees - supplied by Wyevale Nurseries - will become a lasting legacy of the Torch’s passing through Herefordshire and the city on May 24 and 25.
A total of 42 people will carry the Olympic Torch through the county, which will arrive at Ledbury on Thursday, May 24, and pass through Hereford City before heading for Leominster, finishing in Ross-on-Wye on Friday, May 25.
“We're looking forward to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Torch gives us a powerful symbol for the wonderful spirit of sporting competition that excites us all,” said Hereford Futures Chairman Ted Willmott.
“As the company overseeing the redevelopment of the Old Market, we want to create a lasting legacy of this historic visit by the Olympic Torch. These suitably named trees have been chosen specifically and will become something to remind generations of the day the Olympic Torch came to Hereford,” he added.
The trees will be planted during a short ceremony which starts at 1.30pm.