Work on a new Holocaust memorial garden is due to start in the autumn
The new £35,000 memorial will be installed at Gedling Country Park, following an announcement earlier this year as part of the council’s 2022/23 budget.
The memorial will commemorate the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust and forms part of the council’s commitment to the continued improvement of Gedling Country Park.
The focal point of the memorial will be a sculpture of a flame to represent the end of the Holocaust, surrounded be a circular footpath, lined with cherry trees and native wildflowers, as well as several benches, offering visitors a peaceful place to reflect and remember the millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust, as well as to remember and pay tribute to residents and loved ones who have lost their lives.
The memorial will be located near to the parks lagoons, next to what will become part the new Green Lung Corridor footpath, which once completed, will link Gedling Country Park to Digby Park Arboretum, through a new walking and cycle route.
Deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “No one should ever forget the horrors of the Holocaust – this permanent Holocaust Memorial in Gedling Country Park will ensure we always remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust and in all subsequent genocides around the world.
“This addition to Gedling Country Park will offer residents a quiet place to remember and reflect on these tragic atrocities.
“Sadly, we still have many lessons to learn from history – it is the responsibility of all of us, to be the light in the darkness, ensuring atrocities like this can never happen again.
“It is right that we pay tribute to all of those affected by the Holocaust by creating our own, permanent memorial, right here in Gedling Borough.”