St. George’s Path COVID-19 Memorial

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St. George’s Path COVID-19 Memorial

St. George’s Path COVID-19 Memorial

Ian Tomlin By Ian Tomlin

I want to build a cycle and walking path that runs from Hastings to Lindisfarne, and another that runs from to Lowestoft to Hereford, creating a huge cross for walking and cycling across the country.

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St. George’s Path is a project to build a futuristic cycle and walk path across England from the South coast to the Northern border, from the East coast to the Western border to commemorate all of the people lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. My plan is to plant a tree for every person lost to the virus. Every mile will be marked by an artistic folly created by the artists and craftsmen of England. People who have lost loved ones can mount a plaque to one of the trees. At the ‘cross’ there will be a memorial. The path will create a new tourist attraction bringing income to the economy. Over 100 years it will be self funding. The path will offer dedicated cycle and walk areas to encourage outside living for people that live in suburbs and those that don’t. It will be made safe by cctv with each section adopted by local authorities. It will be composed of carbon neutral materials. Most of the funding will come from central government but funding is needed to petition sponsors.

What we'll deliver:

  • A place to contemplate and reflection
  • Thousands of trees
  • Transport links
  • Tourist attraction
  • A safe place for recreation and exercise
  • A statement by the people of England of a new future
  • An opportunity for English creatives
  • Something good from all the bad of COVID-19

Why it's a great idea:

The people of England and the government see a new future. They want to mark the impact of COVID-19 but see it as a point of change in our history. Our collective ambition is to take something positive from it as a force for good to change our landscape for a glorious future.

Steps to get it done:


Big projects require baby steps. I have split the journey with a series of quality gates as follows: 1. To see if the idea has support from the general public. 2. To develop a crude plan. 3. To seek sponsorship from associations, politicians, government organisations, and agencies. 4. To produce a detailed plan. 5. To gain the approval of a bill in parliament to produce legislation to make it happen. Each step will require funding.

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