Hope Fields Memorial Plans

Hope Fields memorial concept plan

A living memorial, to honour both the victims of COVID-19 and those who fought the virus, is to open at Thrybergh Country Park in March.

Download the full Hope Fields COVID Memorial Concept Plan

The plan for the Hope Fields memorial includes:


  • Gravel / aggregate paths for primary access.
  • Mown paths for secondary routes through grass and meadow areas.


  • Widen existing wetland area to create a more significant water-body along with new habitat areas for wildlife.
  • Decked area with seating opportunities to the edge of the newly created ponds.
  • Simple timber bridges crossing water body.

Landmark features and seating

  • Replace existing bird hide with more visually attractive feature.
  • Decked walkways create potential opportunity for artwork feature or personalised memorials.
  • Enclosed stone-built feature seating areas
  • Stone/drystone wall entrance feature to site with potential for intergrated welcome signage.
  • Sculpture drystone walls weaving through woodland areas of site.


  • Regenerate exsiting hedgerows using traditional hedge-laying techniques.
  • Fruit tree orchard / foraging area underplanted with long grass and spring bulbs for seasonal interest.
  • Grassy wildflower areas to enhance visual appeal and biodiversity of the site.
  • Augment existing woodland at entrance to the site with native flowering understory planting.
  • Native tree planting in groves across the site.
  • Sunflower corridor creating an opportunity for children and families to be involved in the planting