New rainbow 'Garden of Remembrance' created in Eastwood as tribute to those lost during Covid-19 pandemic

A special rainbow garden has been created in Eastwood to honour the memory of all those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Lucy Roberts
Thursday, 16th December 2021, 12:53 pm
From left: David Bagshaw, leader of Eastwood Town Council; the Mayor of Broxtowe, councillor Richard Macrae; and the Mayor of Eastwood, councillor Susan Bagshaw, helped to plant the new trees.
From left: David Bagshaw, leader of Eastwood Town Council; the Mayor of Broxtowe, councillor Richard Macrae; and the Mayor of Eastwood, councillor Susan Bagshaw, helped to plant the new trees.

A rainbow-shaped group of 12 cherry trees was planted as a tribute to victims of the virus at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground in the town earlier this month.

As they grow and bloom, the trees will create a place of reflection for people who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Located adjacent to the existing Memorial Ground on the park, the trees will create an eye-catching feature every spring, with a flush of pinks, purples and violet colours as the flowers open on the trees.

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In the autumn, there will be a contrast with reds and oranges as the trees mark the changing of the seasons.

The rainbow shape has been chosen as this became a key symbol during the pandemic, reflecting on the vital role of the NHS and key workers.

Council leader Milan Radulovic said: "It is fitting that we have been able to create a peaceful remembrance space for those we have lost during this awful pandemic.

“It is also fitting that the arrangement of the trees to form a rainbow helps celebrate the outstanding work of NHS staff during these incredibly difficult times.”

The Mayor of Broxtowe, councillor Richard Macrae, the Mayor of Eastwood, councillor Susan Bagshaw and David Bagshaw, leader of Eastwood Town Council, all helped to undertake the planting of the trees.

The event was part of Broxtowe Borough Council’s programme of tree planting during National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration.

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