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Stones Standing for Life -Katherine's Wood, Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common


By Webmaster - Posted on 02 November 2011

 Stones Standing for Life -Katherine's Wood, Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common

Rotarians from three local clubs, Meriden, Solihull and Knowle & Dorridge, gathered with twenty plus friends and family at Katherine's Wood, Lavender Hall Park, Balsall Common, Saturday last, to witness perhaps the final stage of Meriden Rotary's woodland project, the unveiling by the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Irene Chamberlain, of three Standing Stones dedicated to Life and Life's Essentials, Health, Happiness and Harmony.

Katherine's Grandparents, Dennis and Joyce Newitt, both proudly in their nineties, wanted to provide something in the Park as a reminder: the family and Meriden Rotary Club thought that Standing Stones would create interest and a focal point for the Park. The woodland was carried out by Katherine's family, the Rotary Club of Meriden and Solihull Council to give the Park life, interest and colour, a Park for all seasons.

RIBI President Ray Burman was shown around the wood in July, along with Rotarians from a number of other clubs.

To think that, five years ago, that middle field in Lavender Hall Park was just that.... a field, with a couple of paths crossing and a small number of trees. Now, with the help of family and friends, Rotary, two Big Lottery grants and Council officers,there are nearly four acres of growing woodland and wildlife corridor in the Park, approximately 2400 plants, trees and shrubs, daffodils waiting to spring up next March, and three fine Standing Stones formed from natural plum slate from Bethesda Quarry, near Anglesey. A fourth stone explains all:-

"Life's Essentials

A gift of standing stones from Joyce and Dennis Newitt, in memory of their granddaughter Katherine Courts. Each stone bears a wish for those who visit the wood of her name. Three acorns, symbols of the beauty of life.

Health, Happiness, Harmony

With time, how sturdy oak from simple acorn growWoodland flourish, fulfil this young one's wishEach bud and leaf a symbol of life to flowPray three life qualities each human heart embrace.

With the kind support of the Rotary Club of Meriden and Solihull Metropolitan Council."

The address given at the unveiling described how this project started out of a tragedy, but now looks forward to life ahead. Let us hope the woodland will be a lasting benefit to the local community, as well as a woodland of which the young lady should be proud.

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