AN enterprising three-year project has come to fruition with the official opening of a memory garden at the award-winning Bulwell Bogs recreation area.
The £30,000 memory garden comprises an area with benches, plants and a striking mosaic featuring the bull which is said to have given Bulwell its name.
Most of the work has been carried out by contractors Bowmer and Kirkland and Crosslinks.
The idea originated from Eric Boon, a member of the Friends Of Bulwell Bogs committee, who had a vision of a place where people could just sit and remember, where time could stop for a short time and where people could be at peace.
“We think this has now happened — and at no cost to council-tax payers,” said Jackie Morris, who served as chairman of the group throughout the project and has just been elected a Labour member for Bulwell ward on the city council.
For many years the Bogs has been a place where young and old have congregated. It has been somewhere to sit and contemplate next to the bustling town centre.
It is also a place where children can play, usually as a reward for good behaviour after shopping on Bulwell Market with their parents.
Several years ago, the Friends of Bulwell Bogs group managed to get funding for a water park which is still the only one of its type in a public park anywhere in Nottinghamshire.
This was funded by section 106 money — which is provided by developers mainly of housing schemes — to make local communities better for those who live in them.
Those involved in the creation of the memory garden have also included Bulwell funeral directors Terrys, well-known Bulwell-born showman James Mellors, Bulwell and Basford Rotary Club, the National Union of Mineworkers, Bulwell councillors, Nottingham City Council and James Tilford, of the council’s parks department.
Diana Langley, who has had to give up an active involvement with the Friends because of illness, cut a ribbon to mark the opening.