A tribute to the NHS is to take pride of place in the new carpet bed at the recently restored Victoria Park in Stafford.
The award-winning park opened a few months ago following a £2.5million national lottery-funded refurbishment which saw the carpet bed located to a new position near the bowling green.
Now a floral tribute is to be created to honour the work of the NHS. Throughout the years the bed has hosted many floral tributes to charities and organisations who have provided integral work to benefit the Stafford Borough community – as well as to mark major national events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
One of those organisations is the Royal British Legion who will have the carpet bed in Stonefield Park in Stone dedicated to them as they celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.
Thousands of plants will be used to create the designs.
Victoria Park reopened in October after a major facelift financed by the National Heritage Lottery Fund including a restored bandstand and listed Mottram Shelter, new café and Education Centre.
Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council said she hoped people would see the display and remember the tremendous work of the health service.
“This is such a small gesture to say thank you for all those dedicated women and men in the NHS who have made incredible sacrifices especially over the last year in protecting our loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our park attracts thousands of local people and visitors who spend many hours enjoying its beauty and facilities - and our carpet bed is always an attractive talking point. I am sure the latest creation will be very well received.”
She added: “I am also very pleased that the wonderful Royal British Legion will have pride of place in Stonefield Park. The organisation has been a key partner of the council for many years offering tremendous support to serving and ex-serving personnel in our borough all year round.”
Victoria Park was opened in 1908 and has held a ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country for nearly 14 years. To find out more about the park go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/victoriapark For more on Stonefield Park, which was opened in 1928, www.staffordbc.gov.uk/stonefield-park
Press Release No 5730