Living memorial for Buxted’s much-loved village doctor

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A popular village doctor now has a memorial in the community he served.

In March, a tree was planted on the Ionides Land in Buxted in memory of Robert Harrison. Parish Council chair Vivienne Blandford said: “Rob Harrison had been a GP in Buxted for over thirty years and had taken over from his parents. Both of them had also been GPs in Buxted. Rob retired some thirty years ago but there are many people still living in Buxted who had fond memories of a truly friendly old-style GP who would type up prescriptions on an old Remington typewriter. His tree, a Wild Service Tree also known as the ‘Chequer Tree’ is a lovely native tree. It was planted next to a Pin Oak that had been planted a couple of years ago in memory of Rob’s first wife, Christina who had worked at the practice as a nurse and receptionist. His second wife, Jenny, had asked members of the Ionides Trust if it would be possible to plant a tree in this location, which they were happy to do.”

The Ionides land was donated by the Ionides family in 1953 for the social and recreational use of the community. It now houses Buxted’s new medical centre and will also be the site of a new village hall. Basil Ionides, a well-known architect, had saved Buxted Park from demolition and subsequent development in the early 1930s.

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