This week, Winstanley College will celebrate the life of student Ellen Higginbottom by opening the garden inspired by her memory.
Ellen was taken from us in June 2017 and over the past year the college has worked closely with her family to create a beautiful garden, something which nature-lover Ellen would have treasured. A slate sourced from Honister, a place much beloved by the Higginbottom family has been placed at the heart of the garden with an inscription which reads: “There grows an unseen garden, deep-rooted in her beauty, love and kindness.”
A bright young woman with a strong personality, Ellen was popular with fellow students and staff across many different areas of college. She is fondly remembered as a ‘singing scientist’ who took part in a number of college productions, most notably at The Wigan Youth Zone.
Principal Louise Tipping said: “Ellen is missed every day. We felt that a garden inspired by her that will bloom and grow over time is a fitting tribute. We hope that the garden will provide a tranquil setting where students and staff members alike can think, reflect and benefit from some peace and quiet.”
Members of the public are welcome in Ellen’s Garden on Friday 15th June 2018 between 4:30 and 5:30pm.