Windrush Anniversary Garden
The final event of this year’s Black History Month celebrations in Kirklees was the launch of a Windrush Anniversary Garden in Springwood.
Representing the 70th year of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, the garden is an oasis of green space full of hardy varieties of Caribbean flowers, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables and is a place where visitors can learn about and celebrate the Windrush generation.
Springwood is where many of the first arrivals to the area settled, making it the perfect location for the Windrush Anniversary Garden, which is at the corner of Water Street and Merton Street, near Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
To celebrate Black History Month and in keeping with their new Council Plan, Kirklees Council worked with the local group Building African Caribbean Communities (BACC) to create the garden. BACC supports initiatives that promote wellbeing, respect and wider understanding, they would like to work with the local community as the garden takes shape, to add artwork and historical information on the Windrush generation.
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Greener Kirklees, said:
“The Windrush generation, and those who followed, have contributed greatly to Kirklees and the UK as a whole. It is important that their impact is not forgotten, and that future generations are educated on our shared history.
Public green spaces have been valued so highly during the coronavirus pandemic and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Windrush generation. The garden will be a place for all Kirklees residents to visit and enjoy.”
Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton, part of the Building African Caribbean Communities team said:
“We should never forget the Windrush Generation who came to these shores to help rebuild the ‘Mother Country. The garden is in their honour and will continue to remind us of their presence and the huge contribution they made to Huddersfield.
I’m looking forward to seeing the garden grow and develop in the coming years with new additions and involvement from the whole community.”
Black History Month is celebrated each year in Kirklees, with a range of events organised by community groups and individuals, local organisations and Kirklees Council.
If you would like to take part in Black History Month 2021, then please email, Mohammed Gaber at Mohammed.Gaber@kirklees.gov.uk