Surrey Snippets – Remembering Margaret
On March 6th 1994 Kingston group members turned out to plant a grove of trees in the fields of Tolworth Court Farm (176/TQ199653) in memory of one of their founder members, Margaret Loveless. Margaret was knocked from her bicycle and killed in a tragic road accident in February 1993. She had led over 300 walks for the group and served on their committee for 29 years.
The Lower Mole Project was consulted on a suitable memorial for Margaret and suggested this grove, now planted mainly with oak, plus some field maple, hazel and dog rose. This is part of their landscaping work on the farm, an area of Metropolitan Open Land by the Hogsmill stream, owned by Kingston Borough. In the photo, group treasurer Gordon Prince levels up the commemorative tablet, assisted by Linda Southgate. The tablet was formally unveiled the following Sunday by Kingston Group President, Tony Parker.
Margaret Loveless is being remembered in other ways. On Tuesday 19th April 1994, Kingston group will be marking their 30th Anniversary with a walk similar to their very first on 19th April 1964. It will pass the trig column at Logmore Farm that they hope to adopt in memory of Margret, who was one of the original 21 walkers. The group newsletter also mentions that a planting of narcissi in the Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park, has been sponsored by Margaret’s cousin, Joyce Rogers.
People mentioned in this article; Gordon Prince, Linda Hargrave (nee Southgate), John Harper took the photo.