Elm Park Councillors Stephanie Nunn and Barry Mugglestone today write in the Havering Daily:
Two of the churchyard trees died last year and there is now a significant space to fill opposite Elm Park Library.
The diocese has approved the planting of a hardy olive tree which will be a memorial for those who died of Covid in Elm Park and those who cared for them. It will be a multi trunk mature tree to reflect the coming together of different community and church concerns.
Expert guidance will be required in the planting of such a tree and the total cost could be in excess of £800. Some donations have been received and Father Tom Keighley advised that: “We are confident that the sum is achievable.”
This will be for the whole community, there will be a plaque to identify the nature of the remembrance and a book in St Nicholas Church for names to be recorded and then remembered on the anniversary date in future years. There will also be two garden benches, one of which has been funded by the Brownies and Guides. People will be able to sit, pray, think or rest here as they wish. Behind them is the garden of rest where ashes of relatives are buried and this will be a more suitable place for family to visit.
The tree will be blessed at a special event in the future.
A site has been established for donations or please see the Facebook page for
St Nicholas Church, Elm Park: