Trees planted in the Harborough district to acknowledge the impact of Covid-19 one year since the first national lockdown began

“We hope that the cherry trees, which will blossom every March, will provide a focal point for people to reflect on how they, their loved ones and their community have been affected by the pandemic"

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:34 pm

Single cherry trees are being planted in two locations in Harborough district to acknowledge the impact of Covid-19 one year since the first national lockdown began.

Harborough District Council has planted a tree in Market Harborough’s Welland Park to provide those who have experienced grief and loss with an opportunity to reflect and to honour those who have served their communities.

A cherry tree will also be planted by the council in Lutterworth Country Park in the coming days.

Cllr Stephen Bilbie, the chairman of Harborough council, with one of the trees.

Cllr Stephen Bilbie, the chairman of Harborough council, said: “We hope that the cherry trees, which will blossom every March, will provide a focal point for people to reflect on how they, their loved ones and their community have been affected by the pandemic.

“The trees will also serve as a lasting tribute to those who have selflessly cared for people with the virus and provided invaluable support to people in their communities.”

Council staff joined the national one-minute silence at 12 noon today (Tuesday).

Harborough Market also observed the silence in remembrance of the lives lost during the pandemic and to reflect on the collective impact that Covid-19 has had.

The flag on The Symington Building is also being flown at half-mast for the day in a symbol of reflection for events of the past year.