Refugee Week at Mires Beck
Refugee Week is taken place every year across the world. Here in the UK, it is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events which celebrates the contribution of refugees in the UK. It also encourages a better understanding between communities.
Refugee Week started in 1998 because of the disagreement in the media and in society towards refugees. This has now become a week recognising cultural differences, defending the importance of sanctuary, and the benefits it can bring to refugees and host communities.
This year's theme for Refugee Week is "we cannot walk alone", which was stated by Martin Luther King. Life is difficult for a lot of us right now, and we don't know what the future is. All we know is that we need to look after ourselves, our familes, and our community. The challenges this past year have forced a few challenges upon us, such as housing, income, and access to healthcare.
However, COVID-19 has also proven how together we are as a community, as we have been connected through social media, and have worked hard to defeat this virus.
This year's theme of "we cannot walk alone" is about extending your hand to someone new. There may be someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven't, or is fighting for a cause that you could get involved in.
At Mires Beck Nursery, we are partnering with the City of Sanctuary, to be awarded with the 'East Riding Garden of Sanctuary' status.
This will involve planting different plants from different countries around the world in our garden between the Anniversary Garden and the Perennial Garden.