I'm a member of St Aidan's Episcopal Church, Gresham, Oregon, USA and one day, when chatting to our rector about Peter - and not being able to attend any of the funerals of my family - he suggested we plant a tree in memory of Peter. I loved this idea since I'm sort of known as the "head gardener", and we decided Rogation Sunday would be a fitting day for this ceremony.
It would be rather nice if this dedication could be made in the Ipswich Society Newsletter. My brother, Peter E. Underwood MBE, died December 4 2012 at the age of 88. Peter was without doubt a gentleman and a scholar. He served in the RAF, earned his teaching degree at Oxford and taught geography for thirty plus years at Northgate School, Ipswich. He was an enthusiastic promoter of the preservation of old buildings and the renovation of redundant churches and he served as a magistrate. In 1998 he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his selfless work for the benefit of the community.
The tree we have chosen is a Katsura (cericidiphyllum japonicum). The heart-shaped leaves are bronze coloured in spring, then they turn to blue green and in the autumn become apricot yellow.