THE National Trust and Historic Coventry Trust have today announced plans to create a blossom garden in the city’s newly created Charterhouse Heritage Park in celebration of Coventry’s year as City of Culture.
The initiative is part of the National Trust’s pledge to plant blossom trees in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next five years.
Lucy Reid, National Trust assistant director of operations for the Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Historic Coventry Trust to create a blossom garden in Charterhouse Heritage Park.
“It will be a special place for local people to spend time, reflect and connect with nature.
“Over the past few years we have been working closely with Historic Coventry Trust to support the renovation and re-opening of Charterhouse.
“We know first-hand how passionate the HCT team is about Coventry and its history – they are an inspiring example of heritage leadership, and we’ve been delighted to work alongside them to support this work.
Coventry is the latest city to support the ambition to connect more people to nature and create spaces for hope and reflection through blossom.
Alongside the announcement, Historic Coventry Trust is launching a public consultation for members of the local community to share their thoughts on where in the park the blossom garden should be located, its design and how the space will be used in the future.
During this weekend’s Heritage Open Days Charterhouse Weekender activity there will be an information stand outside the medieval Charterhouse where volunteers from Historic Coventry Trust and the National Trust will be on hand to talk through the plans and capture visitors’ ideas and thoughts.
Historic Coventry Trust, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an entrepreneurial heritage development trust which aims to bring new life to the city’s heritage, finding innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s history.
Ian Harrabin, chair of Historic Coventry Trust, said: “The landscape around Charterhouse has been important to the citizens of Coventry for many years, and the local community have come together to make sure that this space is an oasis for wildlife and people, and an area of calm and tranquillity on the edge of the bustling city.
“Historic Coventry Trust has been working in close partnership with the National Trust at Charterhouse over the last few years, and we are excited to work with them to develop this blossom garden to allow all to escape, refresh and reconnect with nature for many years to come.”
Coun David Welsh, cabinet member for housing and communities at Coventry city council, said: “The Charterhouse is a real jewel in Coventry’s crown and the restoration work and the creation of the Heritage Park is bringing something special to our city.
“The blossom garden is a wonderful idea and will add to the Charterhouse and the amazing green spaces across our city to give people somewhere to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
“I hope people take the opportunity to visit during the Heritage Open Days and have their say on where the garden should be.
“This is a great opportunity to be there at the start of something new and special for the city and to help create something for the years ahead.”
Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blossom-watch for more information.