Rotary Club of Uppingham and Anglian Water plant woodland near to Rutland Water at Whitwell in memory of coronavirus victims
A woodland tribute to those who have died during the pandemic is starting to take shape.
The Rotary Club of Uppingham raised more than £1,200 through an appeal on Justgiving to create the small woodland area, close to Rutland Water at Whitwell.
Anglian Water has supported the club in its endeavours by making land available and by matching the number of trees the club was able to purchase to 20.
A year on from the initial lockdown in 2020, members of the club, armed with spades, gathered at Whitwell to plant a mixture of semi-mature oak, hornbeam, silver birch and beech trees.
The team was aided by Anglian Water’s education ranger Luke Russell and his volunteers, who marked out the site in advance for the trees to be planted in a horseshoe shape.
Carolyn Cartwright, club president, said: “The purpose of the wood is to provide a memorial to those who have not survived the pandemic and where friends and relatives can sit in quiet contemplation of their loved ones.
“We hope to have an official opening in summer when the weather is better. This will also give time to raise sufficient money to provide benches and a plaque.”