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HIV Living Memorial

Our living memorial to everyone past and present who has been affected by HIV in Berkshire

The unveiling of our HIV Living Memorial by Mayor of Reading, Cllr Rachel Eden, 4th May 2022

Why a living memorial?

Reading has a high prevalence of HIV and it’s important for us to acknowledge HIV within our community. The living memorial will be a lasting tribute for generation after generation to enjoy and keep HIV awareness on the agenda.

What kind of tree if the Living Memorial?

The HIV Living Memorial is a cherry blossom tree that produces beautiful flowers between March and May.

The cherry blossom tree is said to indicate the changing seasons of your life and for us, it represents the changing face of HIV throughout the years.

Visiting the Living Memorial

You can find the HIV Living Memorial in Christchurch Meadows, Reading, near the steps of the George Street Bridge and the tennis courts. There is a commemorative plaque in-front of the tree, making it easier to spot! We have put a little map below and the white circle is where you’ll find the tree.

If you post any pictures of our living memorial, please be sure to tag us in them and use the hashtag #hivlivingmemorial

Events at the living memorial

Any events we are planning at the living memorial we will post on our social media, but there is one date you should always have in your diary, World AIDS Day 1st December.

Special thanks to Reading Borough Council for their help with sourcing and planting the tree and to Cllr Rachel Eden for being part of this historical event.