Cherry trees have been planted in popular parks in Market Harborough and Lutterworth to poignantly mark the overwhelming local impact of the 15-month Covid-19 pandemic.
A tree was planted in Welland Park in Market Harborough while another beautiful tree is now gracing Lutterworth Country Park.
Cllr Neil Bannister, Harborough council’s vice chairman, has visited Lutterworth Country Park to see the cherry blossom tree for himself.
The tree has been planted to honour those who have served their communities – and provide those who have experienced grief and loss with a peaceful opportunity to reflect.
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"I am very grateful to the council for planting this tree, which will blossom every year.
“It will provide much significance in honouring the key workers and community volunteers who have played such a vital role during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As well as for those who may have lost loved ones or people they know,” said Cllr Bannister.
“It is a place to come to reflect and remember."