A new area of woodland for quiet reflection is opening at Bradgate Park.

The Memorial Wood is a tranquil setting overlooking Cropston reservoir, to the side of the carriageway that crosses the park.

The area is set on a natural stone plinth and is reached by a stone path.

It is also rich in native wildlife species, is bound by traditional metal deer fencing and has a central cast iron deer scupture, and has seating for visitors to sit and enjoy the space.

Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons have supported the project to build the area.

Charles Bennion previously owned the park before he presented it in trust to the county of Leicestershire and the city of Leicester, and he was a prominent mason and provincial grand treasurer of Leicestershire and Rutland.

David Hagger, provincial grand master of Leicestershire and Rutland, said: “We wanted to leave a lasting legacy for the people of Leicestershire and Rutland as part of our 300th anniversary celebrations.

“We therefore felt, that with the connection of Charles Bennion with both Bradgate Park and Freemasonry, the Memorial Wood, was a perfect project to fund.

“We would like to thank the Bradgate Park Trust and all the volunteers who have made the Memorial Wood a reality.”

The Memorial Wood will officially be opened by Peter Lowndes, pro grand master of the United Grand Lodge of England, on October 5, at 11am.

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