Worcestershire Regiment Commemorative Garden at St Peters Garden Centre
The Norton Worcestershire Regiment Group, in partnership with St Peter’s Garden Centre, opened a Commemorative Garden remembering soldiers from the Worcestershire Regiment.
With the centenary of WW1 in 2014, and all the publicity and focus that went with it, a small group of local residents came together with the main purpose of highlighting the local history of the area, significantly the history of the Barracks and the soldiers who joined the Worcestershire Regiment.
Tracey Hodgkins (Norton Worcestershire Regiment Group) said: “It is really exciting to see one of our projects come to fruition. The garden looks fabulous. Our aim is to bring our local history alive and help the Community to remember and this Commemorative Garden truly acts as a flagship for our objectives.”
The event was attended by local dignitaries and many military representatives as well as children from the local Norton-Juxta-Kempsey First School. The children from the local school, enthusiastically took on a competition of designing the garden and came up with some fabulous ideas, from flowerbeds shaped as soldiers to poppy fields, from turrets reflecting the Barrack’s Keep to stones of remembrance, lots of ideas were explored. The focus for the competition was on designing a garden that would commemorate the Norton Barracks and the soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment.
The winning design – Jade, aged 7
Even though the ultimate winner was Jude, aged 7, the garden’s final design was based upon a combination of the winning entries. It features a large red poppy, with a central feature denoting the Worcestershire Regiment, a surrounding wall which depicts the walls of the Barrack’s Keep, four interconnecting paths, rose beds and a bench flanked by sandbags to allow visitors to take a seat and reflect on times gone by. The garden was formally opened by Sir Anthony Winnington Bt, High Sheriff of Worcestershire.
As part of the Opening, the children helped several dignitaries plant big, cast iron poppy bird feeders in the Garden. £2 from each poppy went towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
The garden would not have been possible without funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, many of whom attended the opening ceremony, and the willingness of the St. Peter’s Garden Centre, to host the garden. Th opening of the garden is also featured on the Garden Centre web site – commemorative-garden-opens.
The Commemorative Garden information board and Trail Leaflets can be found the St Peters Garden Centre – WR5 2NY