Ahead of the third Anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing on Friday the first pictures of the permanent memorial in the city have been revealed.
Glade of Light is designed to be a tranquil garden space, with a planting scheme planned
to ensure year-round colour and reflect the changing seasons - a living memorial entirely using plants which grow naturally in the UK countryside. Tree locations have been calculated to maximise light and ensure the garden gets as much sunlight as possible.
At the heart of the memorial is a white stone ring 'halo' which will bear the names of the 22 who lost their lives set in bronze, with personalised memory capsules - containing memories and mementos to be provided by their loved ones- held within the stone.
It is intended to submit a planning application for the memorial - to be located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham's School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street - in June.
Designers BCA Landscape and Smiling Wolf were appointed last year, in consultation with the families of those killed. The families have also been consulted as designs developed.
A consultation on a scheme to improve the wider Medieval Quarter area, into which the memorial plans have been sensitively incorporated, begins today, Monday 18 May.