When the buildings at the top of campus had to be demolished to make way for the new school, the Jean Sames Memorial Tree was sadly cut down. Today, A new tree was planted in Jean's memory. Her husband Tony, a former English lecturer at Westhill, who is very knowledgeable about trees and loves planting them, came and helped to plant it. A Rowan was chosen for its Celtic associations, because Jean was from Wales.
Jean was a Community Play and Youth Lecturer at Westhill College, formerly on the Selly Oak campus. In her later years she was Dean of Students. She worked here from 1982-2001.
A new plaque will follow shortly.
1000. The Jean Sames Memorial Tree. (21/NOV/2013)
1001. The Keith Barker Memorial Bench* on the left, with the Jean Sames Memorial Tree in the centre. Keith and Jean were contemporaries at Westhill and would have known each other. Taken outside the Bristol Road entrance to the OLRC. (21/NOV/2013)
1002. The Keith Barker Memorial Bench* on the left, with the Jean Sames Memorial Tree on the right. Keith and Jean were contemporaries at Westhill and would have known each other. Taken outside the Bristol Road entrance to the OLRC. (21/NOV/2013)
1003. The Rowan Tree is already seven or eight feet tall. (21/NOV/2013)
1004. The Jean Sames Memorial Tree waiting to be planted. (21/NOV/2013)
1005. The post to support the tree. (21/NOV/2013)
1006. The roots of the Rowan tree. (21/NOV/2013)
1007. A team of seven from the Grounds Team helped dig the hole, which turned out to be full of rubble and concrete from when the OLRC was built. The hole had to be moved slightly! (21/NOV/2013)
1008. Humus is added to the hole. (21/NOV/2013)
1009. The new tree is lowered into its hole. (21/NOV/2013)
1010. The new tree is watered in. (21/NOV/2013)