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In memory of Tony Parker 23 January 1956-20 October 2014
When Lucy Parker decided to plant a memorial tree for her husband Tony, Hirst Wood Nature Reserve, next to Hirst Lock, seemed the ideal spot. She explains: “Tony always met me at the locks with our three lovely German Shepherds when I finished work so the garden is a very special place to me where our tree will grow in Tony’s memory.” Their relationship lasted more than 40 years before his premature death in 2014. “We met when I was 13 and Tony 17!!” she said. “He was my best friend. I lived a lot and a learned a lot. “Tony was a firefighter. I was very proud of him. “He was always a real adventurer, there was nothing he wouldn’t try “We loved the outdoors, gardens and the sea.”