Wednesday, September 15, 2021

COVID-19 'Garden of reflection' to be officially opened by Mayor of West Lancashire

 

  • New garden at Beacon Country Park will be a place of reflection and gratitude to loved ones and key workers
  • Councillor Gordon Johnson to officially open site on 29 September
  • Space will be filled with nature, light and colour

 

A new garden to remember those we have lost through the pandemic and to reflect on our experiences will soon be open at the Beacon Country Park.

A collaborative team from across West Lancashire Borough Council have designed and developed a sensory area within the woodlands to commemorate loved ones lost to COVID-19, and the impact the pandemic has had on the Borough as well as the incredible contribution of key workers. The 'Garden of Reflection' will be officially opened on Wednesday 29 September at 1.15pm by the Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Gordon Johnson.

The commemoration site will represent a positive place of thanks and reflection with the woodland filled with beautiful flowers and colourful artwork. There will also be a rainbow displayed on a specially commissioned wooden bench, and glass artwork, designed by school children, set into wooden structures around the garden.

The garden will be a place of reflection and remembrance, so we will also be welcoming members of the community to plant a sapling in memory of loved ones lost to COVID. Wooden hearts to inscribe and place into the hole the sapling will be planted in will also be provided. If any member of the public wishes to plant a sapling on the above date they are welcome to do so and are asked to please contact member.services@westlancs.gov.uk beforehand to ensure availability.  If they prefer to do this on a different date please contact Member Services by email for further details.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, created the original idea for the garden, and felt strongly that the effects of the pandemic and the mark it left on the people of the Borough should be suitably commemorated: "This project is a wonderful space for the community to reflect and remember people lost, as well as to praise our NHS and key workers.

 

"Filled with colour, nature, life, and community participation, it will allow us to commemorate together and to share our thoughts and feelings about the impact of COVID-19 on West Lancashire. We are grateful to everyone who took part in this poignant project and hope it brings some light and comfort to the people of the Borough".

Earlier in the year, children from all schools and nurseries across West Lancashire were invited to write messages or draw pictures of what COVID-19 has meant to them. These notes were then placed into a time capsule and buried at the site.