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.
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