Evergreen love – Four years on

Back in 2014, we shared a special love story from Foundation funded group, Crick Jubilee Wood committee. The story featured newly engaged committee members, Dan Slater and Niele Bruce. Dan proposed to Niele by sponsoring a circle of red oaks at the new woodland as a permanent engagement ring showing his eternal love for her.

The couple tied the knot in 2014 and four years on they’re still very much in love and now have a daughter.


Niele, Dan and Lilana
The happy couple: Niele and Dan with their daughter Liliana


We caught up with Niele to hear about what they’ve both been up to since the article was first written:

“I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already since Dan sponsored the trees and proposed to me!  Dan and I married  on the 28th March 2014, we moved from our rented house and purchased our first home together in Crick in June 2014 and our daughter Liliana was born in October 2016.  Dan and I have loved watching the Jubilee Wood grow over the last 4 years and we enjoy taking Liliana and our two dogs there for family walks.

“We are really looking forward to the weather improving so that we can have picnics in the “Engagement Ring” (the official name for the ring of red oaks) and hope that the residents of Crick and surrounding villages love it has much as we do.”

In time, as the oaks grow, when Dan and Niele reach their 25th anniversary, the trees should be at least 15 metres high.


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‘The Engagement Ring’


Dan and Niele Slater began their love story as members of the Crick Jubilee Wood Committee. The group received funding from the Yelvertoft Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund to develop a new woodland to benefit the residents and visitors of the area. Since the project began in 2013, Crick Jubilee Wood has provided new walking routes, increased wildlife habitats and has provided new resources for local children to enjoy and learn from.

Did you meet your partner at a Foundation funded project? If you have a great love story, we’d like to hear from you. Please email lucy@ncf.uk.com.

If you’d like to find out more about Northamptonshire Community Foundation or the Yelvertoft Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, head to our website.


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