PLANS for a new memorial garden at The Vale Crematorium in Fladbury to remember people who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic have been revealed.

Westerleigh Group announced last month its intention to create a memorial garden at each of its 34 sites across the country, including The Vale.

Roger Mclaughlan, chief executive, said: “The new garden will be a tranquil place for people to visit and remember loved ones who died during the pandemic, and to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much to help others who were sick, isolated or vulnerable.

“The centre-piece of each garden will be a stone monument surrounded by a floral arrangement representing a rainbow, which has become a symbol of hope during the pandemic.

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“Many people have put pictures of rainbows in their windows during the lockdown, to cheer up passers-by and to offer a bright message of hope.

“Our rainbows will be created using the vibrant colours of begonias, petunias and geraniums.”

The stone at the centre of the memorial garden will be made from all-polished black granite.

Work is expected to begin on the stone memorials in the autumn with garden landscaping taking place in spring next year.

The team at The Vale Crematorium are now looking to identify the best location within the grounds for the garden.