It was one of those perfect days when the sun shines and the ground is hard and frozen; the tops of the Lake District fells were covered with a fine layer of snow. From the town of Windermere we had a brisk walk up the hillside to the viewpoint on Orrest Head to warm up. The climb got my blood pumping but it was cold on this exposed craggy top in the wind. Despite the cold you can’t resist taking in the panorama from Orrest Head and we weren’t the only people out enjoying such a fine day. The 360° views to the blue water of Windermere on one side and the Kirkstone fells on the other were stunning.
On this popular path I found this simple bench in memory of James Archie Galloway. The bench told me that James Archie Galloway worked as a Tree Warden in the Windermere area. The role of the Tree Warden is a voluntary one co-ordinated by The Tree Council and there are many thousand across the country. Tree Wardens gather information about local trees, encourage local projects and help protect trees in an area. Trees are an important part of our landscape and ecology and I am grateful to anyone who gives their time doing this worthwhile and wonderful work. I am pleased that James Archie Galloway is remembered for his contribution.
In Memory of James Archie Galloway 1912 – 2003 Windermere’s Tree Warden