Nell gets a plaque in her honour

Nell Benfield with her family and friends at the unveiling. Photo Anne Keen
Nell Benfield with her family and friends at the unveiling. Photo Anne Keen

Gloucester’s Nell Benfield has had a tree planted in honour of her turning 100 years old.

Family, friends, MidCoast Council staff and members of Gloucester’s Tidy Town Committee attended the unveiling of Nell’s plaque and newly planted tree on Centenarians Row on Wednesday, January 17.

Nell is one of four Gloucester residents to have their names added to the line of trees on Boundary Street since April 2017. 

Nell’s tree marks an official extension of the row of trees into an new area due to the numerous residents who have made their 100th birthday.

The tree and plaque are organised through council and the Tidy Town Committee as a way of celebrating Gloucester residents longevity.

MidCoast Council’s coordinator Community Strengthening, Lyndie Hepple spoke during the ceremony one behalf of council.

“Gloucester is the only community in the council area that celebrates its centenarians like this,” she said.

“It’s a great acknowledgement of the wonderful contributions these centenarians have made to the community.”

Nell celebrated the milestone birthday on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.