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Covid-19 Community memorial woodland now open at Carlton park

Date Posted: 3:56 PM on Mon, 12 July 2021

A new Covid-19 memorial woodland at Carlton Hill Recreation Ground, Carlton, officially opened on Friday 9 July following a successful fundraising campaign.

Organised by The Carlton Hill Community Action Group, the Gedling Borough Memorial Woodland has been created to remember the people of Gedling Borough who have tragically lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will be a place where people can pay their respects in quiet contemplation while enjoying the outdoor space.

The memorial woodland includes native trees, wildflowers, seating areas, interpretation boards and a memorial.

The group launched a fundraiser for the woodland online and received thousands of pounds in donations, as well as additional support with the installations and tree planting from Gedling Borough Council’s Parks team.

The Carlton Hill Community Action Group is a community association created to promote the Carlton Hill area by encouraging support for local business and the local high street. The group also support initiatives that promote health and wellbeing for local residents.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said;

“This memorial woodland is a permanent tribute offering residents a place to reflect peacefully and pay their respects to friends, family and loved ones tragically lost to Covid-19.

An incredible amount of work by The Carlton Hill Community Action Group has gone into this project, and I’d like to thank them for their contribution to the borough, as well as to everyone else who has been involved or donated to the fundraiser to help make this a reality.”