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Remembrance Day 2020

As you may know we have worked on many projects related to our Veterans over the years including permanent community gardens for Blind Veterans UK, designs for the RAF100 anniversary and our current support of Veterans Growth in Sussex.

Probably the most conceptual piece of work was this installation of a garden at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Thiepval Memorial in Northern France. With the help of our friends at Oxford Planters we created a 100′ long bench to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The bench wove around existing trees in the woodland that stands where some of the worst fighting of WW1 occurred – the Battles of the Somme.

The garden was dedicated to the Welsh soldiers who died and went missing at the Somme and so the ground was simply sown with Welsh primrose seed. The garden was designed to last another 100 years. It’s not in an obvious place and that’s deliberate so that you might come across it and spend a few minutes in quiet reflection of the lives that so many gave up for our freedoms today.

This Remembrance Day please reflect on the freedoms we have rather than their temporary loss in 2020 and support our great Veterans charities.

Image Autumn 2020 courtesy of CWGC