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Taunton Care Home Plants Pandemic Memorial Tree

Oake Meadows care home in Taunton has planted a memorial tree in the garden to symbolise regrowth after the pandemic.

The home, based on Wyvern Road, was gifted a willow tree by local businessman, Matt Foster, and it has been positioned in the centre courtyard of the home where it can be seen by residents and staff.

Oake Meadows’ activities coordinator, Jean Coleman, planned a memorial event which involved planting the willow tree and participating in a minute’s silence to pay respects to show support and admiration to the local community for its efforts throughout the pandemic.

Resident, Margaret Hill, aged 77, was one of the Oake Meadows residents 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.”

Jean Coleman, an activities coordinator at Oake Meadows, 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.”