A woman who died one month before her 100th birthday has had a tree planted in her memory.

Alice Neale would have celebrated the landmark occasion last week but passed away on August 3.

Born in Littleton-on-Severn, Alice spent the last 33 years of her life at Daldry Gardens in Olveston.

Residents were determined to celebrate Alice’s big day and more than 30 friends, family and neighbours turned out on September 5.

Lifelong friend Jean Panes planted the Robinia tree with the assistance of Alice’s two daughters, Jennifer and Patricia.

Grandaughters Emma and Vicky were also present, as was councillor Matthew Riddle and Vicar, Rev David Moss.

Chairman of The Friends of Daldry Gardens, Mike Lewis, told the Gazette: “Alice was much-loved, never spoke badly about anyone, and nobody ever had a bad word to say about her. That is something that most of us would never be able to claim.

“It was a memorable day, but we missed her presence terribly. However there is now a permanent reminder of Alice at Daldry Gardens.

“She would have wondered what all the fuss was about, but she had lived in Daldry Gardens for 33 years after retiring and in her younger days had done a lot to build the friendly community.”

Paul Whittaker, married to one of Alice’s grandaughters, said in her eulogy: “Alice was unfailingly kind. She continually gave to others and involved herself in her community. She would never pry into a person’s business but would listen to your troubles with quiet sympathy.”

After the party the group all enjoyed fish and chips, one of Alice’s favourite meals.