?The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is in the process of creating a new living memorial in the form of a carpet of crocuses which visitors are invited to participate in planting this autumn. ?
Chosen because it is the first flower of spring, the Crocus symbolises renewal and hope.? The mixed crocus bulbs are being planted along the length of Yeomanry Avenue, on which the Fire & Rescue Services Memorial, among others, is situated.
The first planting weekend took place at the end of September ? a very sociable event at which Robert and Christina Wornham planted the first crocus bulbs in memory of their son, Jeff, ?a fire fighter who died in February 2005 as he and a colleague tried to rescue a young woman trapped by fire in a block of flats. ?Planting our bulbs at this very special place is a way for us to keep Jeff?s memory alive, explained Robert.? ?We won?t ever grow tired of visiting; we feel it brings our family together again.?
Supporters of the Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, are being encouraged to make a donation towards the cost of the bulbs, to be planted in memory of a loved one or for all those who have lost their lives in service up to the present day.? They are invited to join the second planting weekend on 2/3 November, when the remainder of the 5,000 bulbs will be put into the ground.
Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum said: ?We are very grateful to those visitors and supporters who have already helped us to plant bulbs to create the carpet of crocuses, which will be a beautiful reminder of hope and renewal as it bursts into life each spring.? All are welcome to come along and help with the second bulb planting weekend at the beginning of November.?
The Arboretum is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00 and is free to enter, although donations are appreciated. To make a donation towards creating the carpet of crocuses please visit: http://www.thenma.org.uk/events/events-calendar/great-bulb-plant/
For more information onvisiting the Arboretum visit their main page here