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Published: Thursday, 26th May 2022

A living wisteria sculpture has been officially unveiled in Whitnash to honour and remember members of the community who lost their lives during the pandemic.

The sculpture which was designed by Jon Holmes from Warwick District Council’s Green Spaces team, was revealed to members of the public during a simple ceremony at the Civic Centre and Library conducted by the Chair of Warwick District Council, Mini Mangat and the Mayor of Whitnash, Adrian Barton.

Councillor Mangat commented: “This beautiful memorial has been inspired by the spirit and resilience of our local communities. Over time the wisteria will take over the metal sculpture with wonderful, twisted stems and displays of flowers which will get more vibrant as the plant matures. We very much hope that this peaceful sanctuary will become a place where the people of Whitnash can come for reflection and remembrance.”

Councillor Barton added: “Out of the eighteen months I have had the privilege to represent my hometown as Mayor, twelve months of this was during Covid and being in and out of lockdown.

"The past two years have been challenging and difficult for everyone, some more than others, and as we reveal this memorial today my thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

The four wisteria sculptures installed in Kenilworth, Whitnash, Warwick and Leamington Spa this week are one of a number of community projects being facilitated by Warwick District Council as part of their ‘Trees for our Future’ campaign. The ambitious scheme has the target of planting 160,000 new trees by 2030, one for every resident living in the district.

Councillors stood in front of the memorial in Whitnash

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