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The Rotary Club of Uppingham hopes to raise £1,000 for a woodland in memory of Rutland's coronavirus victims

The Rotary Club of Uppingham is fundraising to create a woodland in memory of victims of Covid-19 from Rutland.

The club has gained “enthusiastic support” from Anglian Water, which has allocated a site close to the Whitwell car park at Rutland Water.

The company, which manages the reservoir, has also offered to help plant the trees.

A woodland similar to this will be created
A woodland similar to this will be created

The Woodland Trust wants to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree and are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

This gesture would form a basis of the Memorial Wood and additionally The Rotary Club of Uppingham would like to enhance the site with 20 or so more mature trees, plus a commemorative bench, which are costly items that we need funding for.

Phil Marston, from the Rotary club, said: “It is estimated that the cost would be somewhere in the region of £1,000 and we are appealing to the community at large to help us out.

“Should the target be exceeded, the Rotary Club of Uppingham would like to include additional benches, plaques and landscaping to enhance the woods.

“The wood will become dedicated remembrance site to give loved ones and visitors a space to enjoy the woodland surrounds and reflect on those who lost lives.

“Please help us to help those who have lost loved ones by providing this special green space within Rutland for the purpose of quiet contemplation together with a contribution to reducing climate change.”

So far, 15 per cent of the £1,000 target has been raised. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rutland-covid-woodland

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