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Dedication of centenarian tree aims to commemorate Covid deaths

A centenarian olive tree bought by the Elm Park community has been planted at a church in memory of those who have died from Covid.

As the grips of the pandemic begin to loosen, the community is continuing to remember those who lost their lives, and those who cared for them, with a tree costing more than £1,000.

On October 10, people gathered in the front garden of St Nicholas Church where a service of dedication service was held.

The service was led by Reverend Amanda Keighley with contributions from Reverend Ken Carlton from St Alban’s Catholic Church and David Crispin from Elm Park Baptist Church.

Two benches, donated by the Elm Park Guides, are set to be installed to create a place of quiet reflection, and a plaque explaining the tree's purpose is also due to be added at a later date.

After the service people were offered the chance to add names to the book of remembrance.

Elm Park ward councillor, Stephanie Nunn, said: "The olive tree is not only for St. Nicholas but the community of Elm Park for those who have died of Covid 19 and those who cared for them."

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