University of Bedfordshire plant ‘living memorial’ for Covid-19 victims

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Trees, forming part of a ‘living memorial’ have been planted at the University of Bedfordshire’s Bedford campus to remember those impacted by and lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two silver birch trees chose to plant these trees of remembrance at their two main campuses, the other in Luton, to “bring peace and an opportunity for reflection.”

Students, staff and special guests at both campuses joined together for the planting to pay their respects, unveil a plaque, and take part in a minutes silence.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, vice-chancellor, said the tree planting was a poignant tribute.

“Our community has lost wonderful people as a result of the pandemic and we want to remember them and celebrate their lives,” she said.

“The trees on our Luton and Bedford campuses will serve as a living memorial dedicated to their lives and to our loss.

“I hope the trees will bring peace and an opportunity for reflection to our staff and students who pass by them.”

The multi-stem silver birch trees were chosen as a representation of hope and new beginnings.

A plaque with the trees, reads, ‘This tree was planted in memory of the staff and students of the University of Bedfordshire who lost their lives to Covid-19. Rest In Peace.’

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