The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, celebrated the anniversary of the first national lockdown by planting the last two trees in the London Blossom Garden.
The Flower Garden was created to provide a living memorial to all those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mayor planted the trees yesterday alongside a London bus driver and a senior NHS official.
The new London Blossom Garden is created as a lasting and living memorial to Londoners who have lost their lives to COVID-19, as well as for our city’s shared experience of the pandemic.
To mark the anniversary of the first lockdown, the last two trees were planted today. pic.twitter.com/lCExrCknO4
– Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) 23 mars 2021
Sadiq Khan said: “The pandemic has devastated our city and our country, and as we mark one year since the first national lockdown, it is important that we remember all those who have tragically lost their lives.
“By planting the last trees today in the new London Blossom Garden, we pay tribute to those who have died, honor the efforts of our core workers and reflect on the continuing impact of Covid-19 on our capital.
“We know our fight against the virus is not over, but this garden will be a lasting and living reminder of how Londoners and our country came together during these incredibly difficult times.
So far, more than 18,000 Londoners have died from the virus.
As of March 22, more than 2.9 million Londoners had now received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and a further 219,317 had received a second dose.
The garden, located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, was designed in partnership with the National Trust and Bloomberg and will be open to the public later this spring.
Residents were consulted on the design of the park, which features 33 flowering trees to represent the 32 Boroughs of London and the City of London.
Nicola Briggs, Director for London and the South East of the National Trust, said: “We hope this garden will give local communities in particular space to contemplate over the past year, and as it grows. and establishes itself, will become a symbolic place. hope.
“This plantation is the first of many that we are planning across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the aim of bringing more beauty and nature to urban areas so that more people have a space near them where they can just ‘be’ and one that can help improve their well-being. “
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