Flanders battle field soil to create WW1 memorial garden in London

Soil from the cemeteries of WW1 battlefields of Flanders has been brought from Belgium to London to create a new Flanders Fields 1914-2014 memorial garden.

The 70 bags of soil were collected by British soldiers of the Household Division and schoolchildren from Belgian and British schools.  At the Remembrance service on 11 November 2013, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Laurnent of Belgium oversaw the handover of the soil which was put onto a King’s Troop Gun Carriage.

The historic cargo was transported in the Belgian Navy frigate Louise Marie which moored alongside HMS Belfast in the Thames.   The soil, destined for the Guards Museum in Wellington barracks was escorted by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment where it was laid into the circular bed in the newly constructed garden.

The memorial garden has been designed by Belgian landscape architect Piet Blanckaert.

Meadowmat to support Royal British Legion in 2014

poppiesQ Lawns, the growers of Meadowmat wild flower meadow will be marking the centenary of World War 1 with a new Meadowmat containing remembrance poppies.  Passchendaele Poppy Meadowmat will be available between March 2014 and July 2014 and for each square metre of that is sold, Meadowmat will donate at least 50p to the Royal British Legion.

For updates on availability of Passchendaele Poppy Meadowmat, and to keep up with how much money has been raised, sign up for Meadowmat’s newsletter.

 

 

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