The Millennium Garden is located at the junction of the A512 and The Moor.
The Coleorton 2000 Committee was initiated in 1998 to devise a way of commemorating the new millennium. It developed the Millennium Garden in a plot of land kindly donated by Joan Cull, erected a commemorative sign and organised various associated celebrations and events. The sign was designed by local resident Marian Walsh and carved and painted by artist Isabell Lynham. Time and the elements have taken their toll in the last 11 years so Isabell has refurbished the sign to bring it back to its original state. The newly refurbished sign was re-erected on 24 August 2011.
There are 3 benches from which to enjoy the garden and have a rest when out walking (or jogging!). One is dedicated to George Neal who was Farm Bailiff for the Beaumonts at the beginning of last century.
In December 2011 a replacement plaque acknowledging the donation of the land by Mrs Cull was erected on the end of the fence around the Millennium Garden.
The coat of arms depicted is that of The Beaumont family. The motto "Erectus non Elatus" means "Proud but not arrogant".
School children from Viscount Beaumont's School planted a "Time capsule" under the sign with many items for future children and heritage lovers to find one day, including coins, stamps and small toys.
The Garden is maintained by Coleorton Parish Council, and in 2020 - 20th anniversary - they have given it a real spruce-up. The hedges have been cut back, shrubbery has been tidied, the brambly plants along the fences have been removed and the grass reseeded. The Covid business has put a temporary halt to other activities such as repairing the benches, replacing the brass dedication plaques and replanting the area under the sign. The Heritage Group hope to get out and help with replanting as soon as we're able.
Dedication to Ken Cull
Bagshaw Family dedication
George Neal, Coleorton Farm bailiff
This morning we were alerted to the sad situation in the Millennium Garden on the junction of The Moor and the Old Ashby Road. The whole sign and post had blown down by those awful winds we had last night.
Members of Coleorton Heritage Group have collected the pieces of post, the sign and the housing and have removed them for safe-keeping. The Parish Council and the Heritage Group will be assessing the damage and what's required for restoration.
Mike Cox has repaired the Sign which had broken in the crash. A new post was purchased and fashioned to replace the old one.
We are now making plans to re-erect the post and sign in the Millennium Garden.
The launch of the Millennium Garden and Sign with the chairperson of Leicestershire County Council and of the 2000 Committee, Barry Webster and John Cull who donated the land for the Garden.