Havering Council has officially opened a new memorial woodland to recognise those lost to COVID-19.
The Memorial Woodland, consisting of over 4,000 trees, is a living testament to those who have lost their lives, family or loved ones. It also honours the significant efforts of Havering’s key workers and residents who kept the borough safe during the pandemic.
The ceremony took place at the central memorial and included speeches from the Mayor of Havering, Deputy Lieutenant of Havering, Nick Bracken OBE and the leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White.
The site has been designed with nature in mind with distinct areas of this woodland that will develop over time and benefit wildlife as the site matures.
The Central Memorial, complete with stone is designed to be a contemplative, peaceful space for quiet remembrance.
The Mayor of Havering, Councillor John Mylod said: “We have all been impacted by the awful pandemic, all aspects of our lives changed. We had to come together as a community to do our best to keep everyone safe and protect our most vulnerable.
“I hope this Memorial woodland gives comfort to all of Havering for generations to come.”
The leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White, said: “It’s an honour to pay tribute to those we lost and to thank the immense efforts of our community and key workers over the past two years.”
The Memorial Woodland forms the main part of COVID-19 commemorations that includes a series of local individual tree plantings in borough wards and at significant sites such as Queen’s Hospital, Havering Town Hall, vaccination centres and testing sites.