As communities come together to remember the many lives lost over the last two years, commemorative rainbow benches and cherry trees are popping up across the district. As part of the National Day of Reflection on Wed 23 March, North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) invited all town and parish councils to place commemorative benches and trees for reflection. These are being installed in more than 40 areas across the district to provide a focal point to enable communities to reflect on the lives of the people who have been lost during the last two years.
The tree and bench given to Coleorton Parish Council have been placed on the footpath leading from Stoney Lane to Zion Hill playing field. Now that the footpath has been cleared and is being planted with spring flowering bulbs, it is becoming more of a natural area to enjoy rather than just a path to get from one place to another. The bench will give walkers an opportunity to sit and enjoy the late morning and afternoon sun, offering a quiet place for reflection, and maybe even allowing for a glimpse of birds flying in and out of one of the nesting boxes decorated by the children of Viscount Beaumont’s school.