the groveS of reflection

A journey into the stories of those past

What ARE the groveS of reflection?

The Groves of Reflection are important aspect of the Forest Plans for the Forest of Memories. They will be designed to help Forest visitors to remember all those impacted by Covid-19

The Groves are designed with an educational theme so that future generations have ways to engage and learn about these important humanity subjects.

A multi Levelled Experience

A lighter Level

On one level visitors walking through the Forest of Memories will take a relaxing walk viewing sculpture and enjoying the Forest.
Along the way, there will be plaques of remembrance where trees have been dedicated to loved ones.

A deeper Level

On a deeper level, if visitors choose this, the journey will help people engage and reflect on life’s journey and the challenges people faced during the pandemic. The key purpose is to help people address bereavement through remembrance as the final grove of Love & Loss is reached. The end of the journey at the grove of ‘Love & Loss’ will symbolise the termination point of life.

Groves of Reflection Themes

To help communicate the right messages and highlight the issues in each theme, each of the Grove will have a selected charity as a partner who is relevant to the Grove’s theme. Each Grove will also contain a sculpture or Art installation on the Groves theme and be planted with a forest garden for visitors to sit and contemplate, or just to enjoy the space in tranquillity.

“The end of our lives, and those of our loved ones, is inevitable. We must accept the transient nature of our existence and that we are each just a flicker of a flame in the history of our world. We love and are loved, but our lives soon end. We are left only as memories. We live on through others only until memories of us are no longer recalled, and our name is spoken one final time.”

Covid19 Support

Covid19 Support Environment

In the beginning, as a new-born, we are at one with nature. As we grow our actions challenge this balance as we consume resources. If we act without thought, our actions threaten our environment, quality of our own lives, and our combined actions could ultimately lead to the extinction of humans. Can the world respond to address the critical environmental challenges we face and create a greener world both whilst we are in, and after, the pandemic?

Covid19 Support Poverty

Lock-down measures hit the poorest families the hardest. From the economic fall-out of the lock-downs, poverty in the UK is forecast to become an even greater issue. In life, poverty denies peoples development both physically and emotionally. It creates inequality that can, in turn, breed resentment, unrest, and ultimately lead to conflict over unequal (or limited) resources. How should we respond to this issue individually, as a society, and globally?

Covid19 Support Homelessness

During the lockdown, we saw programmes that tried to remove the homeless from our streets. Evictions were stopped. These programmes have now ended. Shelter and safety are fundamental human needs that support our well-being and development. Should we dedicate resources to this problem that will be growing fast due to economic fall-out of the pandemic, or accept homelessness as a natural economic consequence we can’t stop?

Covid19 Support Equality

The pandemic saw issues arise with connections between COVID-19 and BAME groups, and Black Lives Matters demonstrations across the UK. These both seemed to point at social issues, and systemic racial and economic inequality within our society. As babies, we are born equal, without prejudice and without comprehension of the persecution of others. Why is it that inequality and discrimination exists in the world of adults?

Supporting the National Day of Reflection 23 Mental Wellbeing

The pandemic has impacted the mental wellbeing of millions. People have been cut-off from physical contact. Fear made some prisoners in their own homes. Domestic abuse and suicide increased. Humans have basic needs for nourishment, shelter, security, love, friendship, and self-actualisation. Absence, or loss, of these things, undermines our mental well-being. Has the pandemic reminded us about what we really need to be happy?

Covid19 Support Education

Schools, colleges, and universities closed during the lockdown. Exam results were in chaos. Millions relied on home learning. Post lockdown the virus continues and the long-term impact on a generation is still unknown. Through education and learning, we maximise our potential and our contribution to society. If education and a desire for truth create an enlightened society, what will the consequences be for society with education systems damaged?

Covid19 Support Healthcare

We have seen issues with PPE, testing, and Care Home policy. 10’s of thousands lost their lives prematurely. A national effort ensured the NHS was not swamped, and we supported those on the frontline with rainbows and clapping. But the NHS for many was closed and people died as a result. Has the pandemic reminded us of the importance of access to healthcare for all, and will this be supported post-pandemic in a depressed economy?

Covid19 Support Science & Technology

We live in an age of rapid technology change some have termed the 4th Industrial Revolution. The pandemic accelerated some of these changes. It highlighted issues for those without access to technology, created structural impact on our use of cities, High-Streets, and travel. We also saw extraordinary speed in the development of vaccines. Post-Pandemic, what will the impact be on society from even faster technology change?

Covid19 Support Love & Loss

There were 10’s of thousands of excess deaths in the UK this year, and 100’s of thousands died alone. But these are not statistics, these numbers each represent real people who will be dearly missed. Let us ensure that as a nation we choose to remember this sudden, early, and tragic loss and support the bereaved. Give thanks if this time we were not the ones affected by loss in a pandemic. But, ensure we remember those who were.