|Edna and Dick at a Tree Musketeers stall
with (foreground) Anne Woollett,
another great friend & activist
now looking after a Norfolk woodland
Many of the trees now growing and flourishing on Millfields were planted or looked after by Dick Ford, who died last week.
I first met Dick over a decade ago in what was then the Hackney Tree Wardens, local people volunteering to plant and care for trees. He was a man it was very easy to like – large, gentle, good-humoured and warm, with a big face and a throaty chuckle. And if Dick was on an outing, you got not only the pleasure of his company, but Edna’s home-made scones as well. So they were both very popular.