Memorial Garden Update
Thanks to the support of our members and a previous grant from the JJBS we have been able to undertake all the preparation ground work and adjust the design to reflect the members’ concerns regarding layout, use and ongoing maintenance. The design features ideas proffered by our young people in drawings undertaken a few years ago when the idea for a memorial garden was first mooted.
Due to the limited space the preparation work needed to be undertaken by hand as industrial machines would have been difficult to manoeuvre and could have caused problems with the established trees and laurel.. We were also able to remove three older, ailing trees to make room for the planned slate bench and children’s memorial.
The winter’s inclement weather proved to be a great challenge to the garden’s progress although this has not put off our professionals led by Adam Baginsky and Josh Noah. Perhaps one of the most exciting elements so far is the Magen David fashioned from reclaimed railway sleepers. This powerful symbol provides obvious links to the Shoah and will house the Holocaust Memorial at its centre.
The Holocaust Memorial will provide a strong focal point in the garden with the circular paving surround allowing access for all. The Holocaust Memorial itself is being designed and will be made by a local sculptor who is also an EDRS member. We believe that the aluminium we have chosen will blend beautifully with the railway sleepers and the slate around it. The blue glass in the centre will be a point of light and the colour will connect with the specially selected blue and white flowers in the planted beds.
Visitors will be able to view the memorial at close quarters and from all points in the garden; contemplate its symbolism and discuss the issues pertaining to it. We believe that the EDRS Holocaust Memorial will become a key part of the education opportunities offered here and we are proud to have progressed the project thus far. We will welcome our community, our local Jewish neighbours and many visitors of other faiths and cultures to share this memorial. We are remembering our past, providing for the present and investing in the future.