Taunton-based care home Oake Meadows has decided to plant a memorial tree in the home’s garden, to symbolise regrowth after the pandemic.
The last year has been very difficult for many people, and of course, it has been a tough time for our care home staff and residents.
The willow tree was gifted to the home, based on Wyvern Road, by local businessman Matt Foster. The Oake Meadows community decided to position it in the centre courtyard of the home. This means it can be seen by staff and residents whenever they wish.
Jean Coleman, the home’s activities coordinator, created an event around the planting of the tree. Everyone participated in a minute’s silence to show their solidarity and admiration to the local community, particularly for its efforts throughout the pandemic.
A Poignant Event
Jean said: “It was lovely to see so many residents join us for this special occasion and acknowledge the variety of emotions the past year has brought to everyone. The tree is such a beautiful way of marking this.
“We have strategically positioned the willow tree, which is planted in a beautiful pot, in the centre courtyard so it can be viewed by most rooms, so we can admire the tree.
“Taking a moment to reflect on the pandemic is very important, as it helps to bring closure and is a lovely way to remember those who have sadly lost their lives across the world.”
Margaret Hill, a resident of the Taunton care home, was one of those who enjoyed participating in the memorial event.
She said: “I think our willow tree is brilliant – I love seeing things grow in our garden. I do feel sad about all the people that have passed away during the pandemic, so it feels nice to have the tree as a tribute to them.”