Tree planted in memory of Owen Wightman

A new tree was planted in the memory of 6 year old Owen Wightman after the original one was destroyed. Picture of family members, staff and pupils from Hendal Primary school and also staff and users of the Pennine Camphill Community, that helped to plant the new tree.'w320c314
A new tree was planted in the memory of 6 year old Owen Wightman after the original one was destroyed. Picture of family members, staff and pupils from Hendal Primary school and also staff and users of the Pennine Camphill Community, that helped to plant the new tree.'w320c314

Children at Hendal Primary School paid tribute to former pupil Owen Wightman this week when they planted a tree in his memory.

Six-year-old Owen was killed by a hit and run driver near his home in Chapelthorpe in June 2011.

Undated West Yorkshire Police handout photo of Owen Wightman, 6. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 7, 2012. Peter Renshaw, 22, has been  jailed for five years and three months after he killed the six-year-old in a hit-and-run incident while driving at almost twice the speed limit. Renshaw, 22, struck and killed Owen, who was crossing a road near his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on June 18 last year. See PA story COURTS Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated West Yorkshire Police handout photo of Owen Wightman, 6. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 7, 2012. Peter Renshaw, 22, has been jailed for five years and three months after he killed the six-year-old in a hit-and-run incident while driving at almost twice the speed limit. Renshaw, 22, struck and killed Owen, who was crossing a road near his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on June 18 last year. See PA story COURTS Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Pupils were invited to help plant the cherry tree on Kettlethorpe Green, by staff from the Pennine Camphill Community, based nearby, who wanted to replace a tree that had been damaged in a road traffic accident.

Headteacher Christine Platts said: “It will be a lovely place for the children to go and remember Owen. The school council is currently writing to Wakefield Council to ask if we can put a seat there too.”

Owen’s mum Joanne, of Heeley Road, was also at the ceremony.

She said: “It was a lovely event, and it’s touching to know everyone at the school still thinks of Owen.”

Since his death, Mrs Wightman, 33, has given her backing to road safety charity Brake’s Go 20 campaign which has urged drivers to slow down to save lives.

Mrs Wightman also wants more education for children and young people about the importance of road safety.

Owen had been playing with his best friend, Mason Boardman, now aged 8, near his home when they decided to go home.

But as he crossed Fishpond Lane he was struck by Peter Renshaw who was driving at almost double the speed limit.

Renshaw, 22, of Emley was jailed for five years and three months in June 2012.

Since his death Owen’s mum, dad Neil plus friends and family have raised money in his memory.