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'Roskell Wood' to be planted in memory of Kirk Hammerton grandfather

'Roskell Wood' to be planted in memory of Kirk Hammerton grandfather

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:37pm 11th March 2013. (Updated at 4:13pm 11th March 2013)


Woodland is to be planted in memory of a Kirk Hammerton grandfather who died after going missing.

65-year-old Graham Roskell disappeared from Harrogate District Hospital on November 3, 2012. His body was sadly found near Wetherby over a week later.

His family decided to dedicate a fund through the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) for 800 trees to be planted in his memory, with the aim that family, friends and members of the public would donate £10 per tree.

Graham’s disappearance sparked a major search involving specialist underwater teams, helicopters, mountain rescue volunteers, search dogs, international rescue corps and hundreds of members of the public who had heard the story and got involved.

Before he went missing, the 65-year-old was being treated in hospital for an infection, which left him confused and disorientated.

His body was sadly found on November 14, 2012 by two members of the public. The story touched the local community and beyond - and the support for his family has carried on since.

The YDMT has confirmed that the target of 800 trees was met and a woodland is to be created near Appletreewick called Roskell Wood.

Spokesperson for the organisation, Sarah Brewer said: “We were really happy to try and help however we could. We were able to find a really nice location near Appletreewick and the site was due to be planted with 800 trees this winter.

“It’s something that’s going to last for such a long time and become a really lovely wildlife habitat. It’s in a beautiful location and you get a lovely view of Simon’s Seat from there.

“It’s really beautiful and it’s going to be a really fitting legacy, I think, for Graham.”