The Ferndown garden commemorates 48 service personnel from the first world war, 25 from the second world war and most recently, a former pupil at Ferndown Upper School who was killed in Afghanistan in March 2008 whilst serving as a Royal Marine Officer. It also serves as a place to reflect and remember all those lost or injured in any of the conflicts involving British Forces personnel and is the focus of Ferndown’s Remembrance Day.
A Committee project team led by Grant Parrott approached local garden centres for donations not of money but for plants being taken off sale which could still be given a new life in the garden. The response, from two centres in particular went way beyond expectations. Having seen photographs of the garden, first Neil Lucas, Director of Knoll Gardens in Hampreston offered perennials and grasses to provide the permanent planting background and frame the major features of the garden, then Haskins Garden Centres in Ferndown donated vouchers to be used through the year on topical plants to give changing seasonal displays. To help facilitate the upkeep of the garden the RBL Club Committee have installed an electrical point and water hose connection with a further donation of £100.
The Ferndown Branch Committee wish to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to all concerned for their help and generosity.
Simon Morris, General Manager of Haskins said ‘We look forward to seeing the replanted garden in a few months’ time, it could be a contender for a Ferndown in Bloom competition category.’
The first planting was finished by a ‘work party’ of members of the Ferndown Branch Committee and the Garden of Remembrance is now looked after by the green fingers of the newly formed Garden Committee led by Michael Baker and Pat and Johnny Sturman.
The garden is open to all who want a few quiet moments to think and remember.