Cowes Women’s Institute has marked 10 years of its history by planting a tree at Northwood Cemetery.

On Monday 4th October, ladies from Cowes WI gathered to plant a tree to commemorate 10 years of Cowes WI 2010 – 2020. The tree planting was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The founder and president of Cowes WI, Zoe Stroud, was privileged to do the honours with help from past president, Sue Collinge, and the future president Margaret Hill.

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The planting took place at Northwood Cemetery in Cowes and there will be a plaque installed to identify the tree, which is a Mountain Ash (Rowan). The tree was already well established and the group is looking forward to it growing and maturing over the years.

Zoe said:

“We really wanted to mark the occasion of 10 years of Cowes WI and thought planting a tree was a brilliant way to celebrate. I still feel so proud to have set Cowes WI up in May 2010. Over the years seen how it has benefited so many ladies from across the island not just Cowes.

“We truly missed seeing each other during the Covid pandemic but here’s to many more years of friendship and fun to come. It was great to have some many of us attend the event and of course no WI gathering is complete without tea and cake.”

Cowes WI meets monthly at Northwood House Community Hall.

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