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Hundreds help create memorial wood

Roskell Wood Credit: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

A beautiful new woodland has been created in Yorkshire following the tragic death of a local man who loved the countryside. The event moved hundreds of people to help create a lasting legacy to celebrate his life.

More than 800 trees have been dedicated in memory of 65 year old Graham Roskell, who went missing from Harrogate Hospital last November. After a huge search his body was sadly found near Wetherby over a week later.

Roskell Wood Credit: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Following Graham’s death his family were inundated with messages of support, including many from people asking how they could help to honour Graham’s memory and his beliefs about enjoying and preserving the countryside.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust worked with the family to create a new woodland in High Skyreholme near Appletreewick in memory of Graham.

Graham Roskell remembered

Graham Roskell who was found dead after going missing from Harrogate Hospitel Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The family of a man who went missing from Harrogate Hospital for several days but was later found dead near Wetherby are remembering him today. Graham Roskell disappeared last November whilst being treated in hospital for inflammation of the brain.

When he walked out he was described as being in a confused state of mind. Today, his family are planting 800 trees in his memory. They have named the collection of trees Roskell Wood and have begun planting them at High Skyerholme in the Dales.