A Community Memorial Garden has been created on a derelict site on the banks of the River Ancholme in Brigg.
The memorial garden was originally created by the friends and family of Josh Parkin, a teenager from Brigg, who tragically died in a car accident in 2010, but now it has been expanded for the whole community to use.
“Josh’s brother and his friends originally approached the town council soon after he died to ask whether the derelict site adjacent to Ancholme Bridge could be turned into a memorial garden, the site being a popular meeting place for young people,” said Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard.
At the time negotiations were underway with Lidl and Tesco, so the project was put on hold.
But recently, discussions reopened and a site meeting was held between Josh’s family, Coun Carl Sherwood, representatives of the Brigg Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Humberside Traffic Police.
The initiative has now been expanded to create a Community Memorial Garden, and to use the opportunity to change the current public perception of this location by transforming it into a peaceful and tranquil area from where any member of the community can gain comfort.
The family also made it clear they wanted the garden to be a reminder of the consequences of unsafe behaviour and attitudes, not only among teenagers, but for anyone who may be tempted to take a risk that could lead to such a tragedy,.
The final stage of the planting scheme will take place in the autumn, when spring bulbs will be planted by Brigg Town Council, and a tree will be planted by the family in memory of Josh.
“We hope now that the whole community will come together to show and encourage respect for this area and for each other, so new generations will learn from this tragedy, and also to ensure that anti-social behaviour and vandalism will not be tolerated at this beautiful location in Brigg,” added Mrs Woollard.