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Planting a lasting tribute to Covid heroes and victims

Max has welcomed the planting of new trees to commemorate Cheltenham’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A row of American Tulip trees are taking root in Sandford Park, nine months after Max launched his campaign for a lasting memorial to the town’s heroes and victims of the virus.

Max joined Cllrs Paul Baker and Victoria Atherstone, along with the Borough Council parks team, for the official planting before Christmas.

“People in Cheltenham have lost many loved ones during the pandemic and it’s right that we have a lasting tribute to them,” said Max.

“We also owe a huge thanks to heroes in the health service, other emergency services, teachers, key workers and charity volunteers who gave so much of themselves in hugely stressful circumstances.  Their part in helping us all get through the worst parts of the pandemic must not be forgotten.

“I’d also like to thank the Cheltenham parks team and Cllr Paul Baker in particular, whose generous contribution made this project possible.”

The commemorative trees in Sandford Park follow the planting of 500 trees in Springfield Park in early 2021 as part of the Cheltenham Tree Challenge, also dedicated to Covid heroes and victims.

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