KNOWLE Society has rounded off celebrations of its 50th anniversary by planting a tree in the heart of the village.
The conservation group, which boasts over 3000 members, arranged for the hornbeam to be planted on the edge of the Green, overlooking St John’s Close.
Stella Jarman, a Solihull tree warden and the society’s former lead on nature conservation, was given the honour of turning the turf.
Fellow member Ian Simmonds, said: ‘Twenty five years ago, our predecessors planted a walnut tree by the village hall for our Silver Jubilee and that is now much appreciated, particularly when it is in bloom.
“We decided to follow in their footsteps and give a new tree that will be enjoyed, especially for its autumn colour. I am sure it will be a magnificent specimen by the time the society has clocked up 75 years.”
The society’s first full campaign, reported in the Solihull News in 1963, was an effort to save the 15th century Dell House in Knowle High Street.
Since then it has been on the frontline of efforts to preserve the character of the community, as well as staging exhibitions, talks and events.