ACCLAIMED gardener Roy Lancaster planted a tree at a York college in memory of a famous former student.

Mr Lancaster went to Askham Bryan College to give the first Geoffrey Smith Memorial Lecture, a tribute to the gardening expert who died last year aged 80, and who trained at Askham Bryan when it was the Yorkshire College of Agriculture & Horticulture.

After the lecture, Mr Lancaster planted a tree in memory of Mr Smith, who became superintendent of Harlow Carr gardens, Harrogate, and was a popular broadcaster on gardening matters.