New memorial tree for Blaina man, Kevin Andresen, who died in Korea
6:02am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A SECOND memorial tree has been planted to commemorate the death of a Valleys man after the first one was destroyed by vandals.
Kevin Andresen, 30, from Blaina, died in May during a rock climbing accident in Korea.
In August, a weeping willow - Mr Andresen’s favourite tree - was planted in his memory near the Guardian statue in Six Bells and some of his ashes were buried beneath the tree. Little more than two weeks after it was planted, the tree was snapped off at the base and thrown over a nearby fence.
The Six Bells Regeneration (SBR) Team, a community business based at Ty Ebbw Fach, immediately offered to pay for the new tree which was planted on Tuesday morning.
Louise Morgan, business development officer at SBR, said: “As soon as we heard about it, we knew that it would be the right thing to do. We were more than happy to replace it.”
Mr Andresen’s mother, Gaynor and her friend, Wendy Partridge, were at the site on Wednesday morning.
Ms Morgan added: “It was quite moving that this means so much to his mother.”
A permanent plaque will be placed on the tree in the coming weeks but for now, Ms Partridge has pinned a note to it explaining its significance.
She said: “Hopefully it will be left alone this time and he will be left in peace.”
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