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Commemorative garden to honour Buxton’s WWI heroes

Royal British Legion members and friends working on the new poppy shaped garden above Hardwick Mount

Royal British Legion members and friends working on the new poppy shaped garden above Hardwick Mount

Finishing touches have been made to a new community garden in Buxton to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.

The poppy-shaped garden at Sparrow Park, behind Argos on Hardwick Street, has been created by the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion and follows months of hard work and planning by its members and friends.

RHS garden designer Caroline Davenport was responsible for drawing-up the plans for the garden, with each of the four petals depicting a different theme - sacrifice, memories of undying hope, thoughts of absent friends, and strength and courage.

Branch member Mo Stewart, who served in the RAF for 25 years, said: “We all feel totally privileged to have been able to work on this commemorative garden.

“Members and friends of the Legion have put in hours of back-breaking work to create this fitting tribute to the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, and the project really has helped bring the whole community together.”

The garden has breathed new life into an underused area of land owned by High Peak Borough Council, and the authority has donated £1,500 towards the project from its WWI commemoration fund.

Around 150 plants have been used to form the shape of the poppy, ranging from hyssop, hebe and thyme to forget-me-nots and poppies, while in the centre is a contorted hazel, signifying sacrifice.

A special service of dedication will be held at the garden on Friday July 11 at 11am.

 

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