Thursday, June 10, 2021

COVID-19 commemorative garden to be created at Beacon Country Park

  • Garden will be a place to remember those we have lost and the amazing work of our communities
  • Local school children will create the designs for beautiful glass panels
  • Residents asked to vote for favourite designs and a name for the garden

COVID-19 has touched everyone in our community – while our individual experiences are very personal, they are also experiences shared by many others.

So we are creating a commemorative garden within Beacon Country Park for all our residents and their families who have been affected by COVID-19.  The garden will be a place to reflect in solitude about loved ones we have lost, as well as a place to remember the amazing work carried out by our communities during the pandemic. It will also feature glass artworks created by local schoolchildren.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: "Having a place where we can acknowledge and reflect on the profound way the pandemic has affected our lives was incredibly important to me personally and I'm delighted to see the plans come to fruition in such a thoughtful and positive way.

"The garden is a fitting tribute to the way our communities have shown such generosity of spirit and resilience in such uncertain times. The children's designs are wonderful and I can’t wait to see them light up the Beacon with their uplifting artworks."

Part of the community garden will feature four beautiful glass panels. We recently asked local schools for artwork to be created around the theme of 'positive things to come out of lockdown'.  Five schools sent in art submissions and from these we selected 20 children to attend a workshop with a local artist where they were given circle templates to create their line drawings. The artist has taken the children’s artwork and developed them into designs for the glass.

We now have 16 great designs for you to look at and we want you to tell us which ones you would like to see as part of the garden.  The top four designs will be embedded in wood and will be on display in the garden, allowing the sunlight to shine through as we look forward to a brighter future.

You can vote for your favourite designs at: https://westlancs.citizenspace.com/engagement/commemoration-project 

Or by following the homepage link on the Council's website at http://www.westlancs.gov.uk

We would also like you to vote for your favourite name for the garden from a shortlist that also forms part of the consultation.

The consultation is open now and closes on June 20