Sarah Everard: Volunteers clear flowers from bandstand, as plans are made for a permanent memorial

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Sarah Everard: Volunteers clear flowers from bandstand, as plans are made for a permanent memorial

Postby Community Editor » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:39 am

Helpers and council workers were seen removing hundreds of wilting bouquets that surrounded the bandstand in Clapham Common at the end of last week.

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Clapham Women’s Institute members clear floral tributes from a makeshift memorial to Sarah Everard on the Clapham Common Bandstand (Photo: Hannah/McKay/Reuters)

Flowers laid to honour the memory of Sarah Everard at the bandstand on Clapham Common have been cleared and composted as plans are made to create a permanent memorial.

Volunteers and council workers were seen removing hundreds of wilting bouquets from the bandstand in Clapham Common last Thursday morning. Some petals were saved and will be dried.

The Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC), a community group that works with Lambeth Council to manage the Common, said the composted flowers will form “part of a permanent memorial” to Ms Everard. No further details were given.

Potted plants were loaded onto flat trucks and distributed to women’s refuges and local hospices. Meanwhile, hundreds of cards and personal messages that covered the bandstand will be sent to Ms Everard’s family.

Clapham Women’s Institute, the Clapham Society, The Friends of Clapham Common and CCMAC joined Lambeth Parks team for the clean-up effort.

The Friends of Clapham Common said: “We want the community to know that all the flowers will be composted, and the compost will be used to plant something in Sarah’s memory.

“Our thoughts were with Sarah’s family and all those people who have lost loved ones. It’s so good when we come together as a community and stand strong.”
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