‘The best ring ever’ for Crick woman

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A couple from Crick have been marking their love for each other in an unusual way - and with an unusual engagement ring.

Niele Bruce is a committee member of Crick Jubilee Wood and was looking for people to sponsor the trees.

Little did she know that her boyfriend Dan Slater sponsored a circle of red oaks as a permanent ‘ring’ for Niele.

She said: ‘It has to be the best engagement ring in the world.”

She had an extra-special Valentine’s Day celebration at the ring of 12 red oaks that Dan bought for the new wood being planted near their home in Crick.

“The trees were still in their pots when he took me to the spot where they were to be planted at the heart of the new Crick Jubilee Wood, and he went down on one knee on the grass to propose.

“He did give me two more conventional rings – a single diamond from him, and a family ring that is more than 100 years old – but the ring of oaks is really special. I love it.’

Dan and Niele spent Boxing Day 2013 planting the 12 trees together, a few days after he proposed.

And they made a special Valentine’s Day trip to the trees – already known locally as The Engagement Ring – with their two dogs.

Finance underwriter Niele has been on the committee which has planned and planted the wood over the past two years since it was first set up – and when Dan, a 31-year-old boat sales specialist, decided to sponsor all 12 of the red oak ring trees, all the other committee members had to be sworn to secrecy.

Niele added: “From the start, I have thought this was a wonderful community project – planting trees instead of building houses – and now the heart of it will be extra special for us and our family.

“We plan to stay in the area. One day we might be picnicking with our grandchildren there.”