TREES in a St John’s community orchard will serve as a permanent memorial to all those who died during the pandemic.
More than 30 new fruit trees have been planted at Coles Meadow, adjacent to Solitaire Avenue in St John’s and include cherry, apple and pear trees.
St John’s councillors Richard Udall, Robyn Norfolk and Matt Lamb have all contributed from their local community budgets to fund the orchard and worked with the Friends of Laugherne Brook Group and the City Council to ensure the trees are planted.
“The orchard is a living memorial to all those who died during the Covid pandemic in St John’s,” said Coun Udall.
“It’s dedicated to their memory and is a thank you to all the essential workers who worked so hard during the lockdowns.
“Once established the orchard will provide an abundance of fresh fruit and will significantly improve the area with spring blossom, it will hopefully last for many generations bringing colour and enjoyment for many people,” he added.
Coun Norfolk added: “It was great fun to take part in the planting of the trees, we were helped by members of the local community and by city council employees, the new community orchard will help to bring the community together and the fruit will be free for all to enjoy.”