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Winnie Oatley joined by friends and family after she planted a cedar tree on Trunk Island to mark her 103rd birthday (Photograph supplied)

Centenarian Winnie Oatley celebrated her 103rd birthday by planting a cedar tree at a nature reserve,

Ms Oatley was joined by her family and members of the Bermuda Zoological Society to mark the special occasion, on Trunk Island in Harrington Sound.

The planting was part of an annual tradition started in 2018, when Ms Oatley was adamant about not receiving a gift when she turned 100.

Robert Blee, her grandson, and a volunteer with BZS’s Weekend Warriors, worked with the group to develop a tree-planting campaign in his grandmother’s name.

Since then, the family have asked family and friends every year around Ms Oatley’s birthday to donate enough funds to plant trees on Trunk Island.

Winnie Oatley plants a cedar tree on Trunk Island to mark her 103rd birthday (Photograph supplied)

Mr Blee, who helped his grandmother plant a tree alongside his three brothers, said Ms Oatley had many stories to tell including the time she walked home during a hurricane.

Mr Blee said: “She was taking the train home to St. George’s from her job at Miles grocery store in Hamilton.

“Without the Bermuda Weather Service, no one knew that a hurricane would be bearing down on the island that day and as the train headed up Crawl Hill falling trees blocked the track.

“I asked Granny how she got home – she said ‘we got home the only way we could – we walked.’

“With the hurricane still blowing, she finally made it home several hours later; her mother, understandably, was beside herself.”

Winnie Oatley celebrates her 103rd birthday (Photograph supplied)

Colin Brown, the president of the BZS, said: “BZS is extremely grateful to Winnie’s family and friends.

“It was through their generosity on Winnie’s 100th that we were able to create a native nursery on Trunk Island to house the Island’s future generations of trees.

“I was delighted to welcome back the Blee brothers to celebrate their grandmother’s 103rd and see them teaming up with our Weekend Warriors to care for the island and plant another cedar.”

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Published April 16, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated April 16, 2021 at 6:32 am)

Winnie celebrates 103rd birthday with a tree planting

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