Poignant tree plan for Hulland Ward children

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a MEMORIAL tree for the four children killed in a house fire in Hulland Ward could be planted in time for the anniversary of their deaths.

In a poignant move, a tree could be put in next January to mark one year since Tommy Everton, nine, Alisha Henson-Nulty, six, Rocco Henson-Nulty, four, and Appolonia Henson, two, tragically lost their lives in a blaze at their home on Highfield Road.

Their mother Rachael Henson escaped but desperately tried to rescue her children.

The plans are still very much in their infancy as the community continues to wrestle with the grief caused by the fire on the evening of Monday, January 24, although a company is said to have agreed to supply a tree for free.

The planting would likely take place on one of two grass verges at the end of Highfield Road.

Plans for a memorial bench are still in the pipeline.

The semi-detached house is still boarded up, while floral tributes that were left on the driveway by mourners have been removed.

Toys belonging to the children remain, unmoved, in the back garden.

The children’s funeral, at St Oswald’s Church in Ashbourne was attended by hundreds of mourners.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Dales District Council said that no-one from Hulland Ward had been in touch with the authority regarding a tree or a bench.

But he added that the offer of help that it made after the tragedy still stood.