THE family of a teenager killed in a car crash have planted a tree in her memory.
Siblings and cousins of Olivia Lewry, along with other family members, went to Holly Hill Woodland Park, in Sarisbury Green, to plant the tree with a commemorative plaque.
Olivia, 16, and her friend Jasmine Allsop, 14, (pictured, Olivia on the right), died in November last year after being hit by a car driven by Samuel Etherington near Jasmine’s home in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport.
He was sentenced to nine years in jail in February after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
To mark one year since her death, Olivia’s family planted a white cherry tree in an area Olivia and her family used to visit to have picnics.
Her cousin Megan came up with the idea and helped raise money for the tree and plaque.
Megan, 14, said: ‘I wanted to do something to remember Olivia.
‘We thought a white tree would be best because it symbolises peace.
‘It helped me too because I had quite a lot of negativity after what happened but the fundraising gave me something to think about.’
The family held a number of car boot sales to raise money for the tree and plaque. They managed to raise £750.
Megan added: ‘It will be nice seeing it blossom in the spring and we can come down here in the summer with picnics.’
The family worked with Fareham Borough Council to get the tree planted and when they arrived yesterday evening, Olivia’s younger siblings and cousins helped put some of the earth around the tree.
This is the first of two trees the family will plant.
Lisa Davies, Olivia’s aunt, said: ‘We wanted to a plant a tree near where we live in Locks Heath so the kids can come down here and remember Olivia.
‘But we will also be planting one in Stanley Park, in Gosport, because Olivia was well-known there.’
Friends of the two teenagers raised money for a bench in Forton Park, in Gosport, and Lisa said they wanted to see the trees grow and blossom to remember Olivia.
‘It was lovely that friends of the girls had the bench made but this is a way for us to see her,’ said Lisa.
‘It seems fitting to have something that can grow and blossom every year.
‘When it blossoms with the white flowers, it will symbolise peace to us.’
She added: ‘We want to thank everyone who donated items for the car boot sales and those who gave us money.’
‘It really helped with us getting this together.’