The Birmingham & Solihull Group would like to plant an “MND Tree” for all those who have lost somebody to MND and hope that one day this disease will be cured. A memorial in the form of a beautiful living, growing, thing that is both permanent and pleasant to visit, and a symbol of hope for " a World Free of MND."
Birmingham City Council Parks Department have offered to plant “The MND Tree’ in Cannon Hill Park together with a dedication plaque. Anybody who would like to contribute, perhaps in the name of a loved one may do so here.
As time goes on we will show the planting [probably winter 2016/17] . . . with suitable ceremony. Later as the tree comes into full bloom [May/June 2017/18] a ‘dedication’ will be held perhaps with an appropriate personage to conduct the dedication.
Once the tree is growing this page will be closed down and replaced by pages dedicated to the tree and what is symbolises. A memorial to those lost - but as a living, growing thing - a symbol of hope for the future.
For those lost; you may wish to sign a permanent ‘Book of Remembrance’ or light a 'virtual candle' . . . and, for those people living with MND today and tomorrow, ‘Ribbons of Hope.’ Once planted all donations then made to The MND Tree will go to help fund MND research – thus representing that hope for the future, for 'A World Free of MND.'
While this is in essence a local project, Cannon Hill Park is open to everybody and we would like everybody touched by MND to have a choice about participating. By donating towards The MND Tree families and friends may feel “ownership” of the tree . . . and what it represents.
Cannon Hill Park and The MND Tree will be in the heart of Birmingham, at the heart of the country.
[The variety of tree the Birmingham & Solihull have chosen is Davidia Involucrata also known as the ‘Handkerchief Tree’]