The family of a PricewaterhouseCoopers actuary killed in road accident in Tower Bridge Road in 2003 travelled from Malaysia to plant a tree in her memory in Red Cross Garden last week.
Minal Kamdar's father plants the Katsura tree in memory of his daughter
PricewaterhouseCoopers, a long term supporter of the project, planted a beautiful Katsura tree by the main entrance gate to provide a magnificent display of ever-changing leaf colour through the seasons. It is dedicated to the memory of PwC staff member Minal Kamdar. Her family travelled from Malaysia to attend the planting.
Bishop's Hall pictured in 2003, before the restoration of the garden
"The occupational therapy profession owes a great debt to Dr. Casson and is delighted that her legacy can be celebrated in the garden where her belief in occupation for health was inspired,â said Beryl Steeden from the British Association and College of Occupational Therapists.
Clare Armstrong, descendant of Octavia Hill who was co-founder of The National Trust and originator of the garden, planted a Japanese Bitter Orange shrub which will produce sweetly scented white flowers in the spring and miniature bitter oranges in the autumn. She is dedicating it to her kinswoman Octavia Hill, whose spirit and vision have been brought back to life in the restored garden.
Originally laid out in 1887, Red Cross Garden provided âlight, air and sight of sky', beauty and nature, in an area of 19th century Southwark that suffered terrible pollution, crime and deprivation.
"The Garden will continue to develop with opportunities to learn about its social and natural history through activities, talks and exhibitions," says community gardener Agnes Knoll. "It is open 7 days a week and BOST employs a full time gardener for its care and maintenance."