Winstanley College has begun work on Ellen’s Garden, in memory of our student, Ellen Higginbottom.
Working closely with Ellen’s family, the plans have quietly come together over the past few months to create a garden which we know nature-lover Ellen would have treasured.
Ellen’s Garden will be situated close to the front of college so that any member of the College or visitor can use the space to think, reflect and enjoy the peace and quiet. The planting will take place over the next few months which will mean the garden is in full bloom in June when the garden will be opened. We hope that family, friends and fellow students of Ellen will also have the opportunity to plant their own flowers in Ellen’s Garden to help them remember her.
Louise Tipping, Principal of the College, says: ‘Ellen loved the outdoors and together with her family we decided a garden which will bloom and grow with the seasons would be the best tribute we could give her. We are planning to photograph the garden as the work continues so we can keep students, staff and Ellen’s family and friends informed of its progress and these photos will be shared on our social media sites. Ellen’s family have chosen an inscription for a stone which will be placed at the heart of her garden: “There grows an unseen garden, deep-rooted in her beauty, kindness and love” which we love and which sums up Ellen and the loss we all feel.’