Trees of Life Glade

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On 11 October 2022, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, led a special service at Westminster Abbey to honour the bravery and dedication of those who served our country throughout the pandemic, and to remember all who died as a result of COVID-19 in the UK.

The Abbey was dressed with trees and saplings which were blessed during the ceremony by representatives from diverse communities of faith – these trees now form the Trees of Life Glade. 

The ‘Trees of Life’ glade is a living tribute to those who served our country throughout the pandemic, and remembers all those who died as a result of COVID-19 in the UK.  

A stately Spaeth Alder tree sits at the heart of the glade, surrounded by a beautiful seating area, inviting visitors to pause and take a moment and reflect. The saplings are a mixture of broadleaf species including the Midlands Hawthorn which, with its pink spring blossom, is an attractive variation on the well-known native tree, adding colour and beauty to Remembrance.

An Alder tree, sits at the heart of the Trees of Life Glade

Trees of Life Service of Remembrance

Hundreds of pandemic key workers and members of the public gathered at Westminster Abbey for the Trees of Life’ Service of Remembrance and Blessing.
Read about the Service
Watch the Trees of Life Service of Remembrance and Blessing
Trees of Life Dedication

Trees of Life Dedication

In the week of the third anniversary of the first UK lockdown, the new ‘Trees of Life’ glade was dedicated at the Arboretum. 
Read about the Trees of Life Dedication