In 2016, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) gave out grants for new pieces of artwork to be created to commemorate the HMD 2017 theme; ‘How does life go on’.
Merthyr Library staff came up with the idea of creating a remembrance garden on a piece of waste ground at the back of the library, with the central piece being mosaic artwork created by the public, representing the four seasons – life moving on. Our bid was successful!
Work began on the garden immediately to transform the derelict land. We only had a short amount of time to complete the garden. The garden and mosaic were designed by library staff, and our team held workshops for the public to create the mosaics. We had help from numerous community groups, such as the Scouts and Police Cadets, and members of the public, however the bulk of the work was completed by library staff in their own time.
The Garden was officially opened on January 27th 2017, during our annual Holocaust Memorial Day Service, by Prof. Sir Mansell Alyward.
Since then we have been lucky enough to receive funding from various organisations in Merthyr Tydfil, due to the hard work of the former chair of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Miss Janet Morgan.
This has meant the garden has progressed into the beautiful space that it is now; everyone who visits praises the garden. We have volunteers who help to look after the garden and are proud of their contribution.
The garden is an on-going project and we hope to receive further funding to enable us to provide a disabled access at the side of the library. This is our aim for 2019/2020.
This year we have also entered the Wales in Bloom competition and hope to receive some recognition from them in appreciation of all the hard work that has been done to make the garden what it is today.