Hounslow’s Covid tree tribute begins

Hounslow Council’s Parks Team has planted the first tree in what will become the borough’s Covid Memorial.

Published: Thursday, 24th March 2022

Council’s Parks Team has planted the first tree in what will become the borough’s Covid Memorial.

The centrepiece tree has been planted at Hounslow's Lampton Park, to mark the second anniversary of the country entering the first coronavirus lockdown.

The first tree is a Liquid Amber, which, when fully grown, could reach over 15m in height. It produces maple-like leaves, which turn beautiful shades of orange, crimson and purple in the autumn.

It will be the focal point of a copse area, which will include a variety of shrubs and trees that will provide all-year-round colour.

The living memorial has been designed by the GreenSpace360 Team to give visitors to the park a place of reflection, resilience and thanks.

More planting will take place at the memorial later in the year.

Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill, said: "The last years have been hard on everyone, especially those who have lost loved ones and those who have played their part trying to protect the community. The COVID pandemic has had a serious impact on all our lives and in these difficult times, the memorial will give us an opportunity to come together, reflect and remember.”

For more information about how Hounslow Council has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit our Coronavirus webpage.

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