A stand of nine trees has been planted in a Cheltenham park as a memorial for those lost to Covid-19 and as a tribute to health and key workers and volunteers.
The line of nine Tulip Tree saplings has been planted near the Sanctuary Garden towards the southern end of the park, near Cheltenham General Hospital.
Two members of the council’s cabinet Max Wilkinson (LD, Oakley) the member for the climate emergency and Victoria Atherstone (LD, St Peters) who has responsibility for culture, wellbeing & business were joined by fellow Liberal Democrat borough and county member Paul Baker in whose county council division of Charlton Park and College the park sits.
Paul Baker had contributed financially to the cost of the trees.
The three planted one of the saplings before council workers took over.
Max Wilkinson said: “People in Cheltenham have lost many loved ones during the pandemic and it’s right that we have a lasting tribute to them.
“We also owe a huge thanks to heroes in the health service, other emergency services, teachers, key workers and charity volunteers who gave so much of themselves in hugely stressful circumstances. Their part in helping us all get through the worst parts of the pandemic must not be forgotten.”
He added: “I’d also like to thank the Cheltenham parks team and Councillor Paul Baker in particular, whose generous contribution made this project possible.”
Ms Atherstone said: “Sandford Park now has a lasting tribute for people to be able to reflect and remember those that have been lost to Covid-19 and marks the contribution which every member of health and care staff has made during this time of unprecedented challenges for the NHS.”
A plaque will be added to the memorial soon.