Memorial trees to be planted at Nottingham sites to remember all those lost during the pandemic
A number of trees will be planted in the city for all those who have sadly lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nottingham would be one of the four or five cities involved in the Blossom Again project and aims to embed Covid‐19 into the nation’s cultural memory.
The plans for this project, which is expected to be delivered by December 2022, have been approved.
Lenton Recreation Ground and St Mary’s Rest Garden, St Ann's, have been shortlisted for this project out of a number of sites across the city.
The £45,000 project, funded by the National Trust, will see 28 ornamental mature cherry trees planted close to the Queen's Medical Centre campus, which is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
At St Mary's Rest, an avenue of 20 ornamental semi-mature cherry trees will be planted to create a peaceful sanctuary away from the city.
It is hoped that the project will also help the city achieve its 50,000 tree planting target and assisting in being carbon neutral by 2028.
Volunteers will be engaged for ongoing maintenance and care of the trees and a watering programme will be implemented for the trees for the first three years.
Councillor Rosemary Healy, Lead for Parks and the Public Realm, said: “It’s wonderful that we have been chosen as one of three ‘Blossom’ cities by the National Trust as part of their Blossom Together Project.
"St Mary’s Rest Garden in St Ann’s and Lenton Recreation Garden have been chosen for this project and we hope that new beautiful blossom spaces will give people areas for hope and reflection as we move forward from the pandemic and the chance to celebrate the beauty of spring year after year.”
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