Guards Museum launches fundraising appeal for Flanders Field Memorial Garden 1914-2014

By Culture24 Reporter | 06 December 2012
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A photo of dozens of red poppies placed on top of each other at a war memorial

A £600,000 fundraising appeal is aiming to create a "haven of remembrance" at the Guards Museum, the Wellington Barracks site near Buckingham Palace in London.

Soil taken from the battlefields in Flanders will be used in the proposed Flanders Field Memorial Garden 1914-2014, designed by Belgian landscape architect Piet Blanckaert and backed by a match funding pledge from the Government of Flanders.

“We hope the momentum of the fundraising appeal will also help to raise awareness of the forthcoming centenary,” said Geert de Proost, the authority’s representative in the UK.

“The Guards Museum is the ideal location, because it is the home of five of the most famous British regiments and attracts many visitors.

“This is the opportunity for organisations or individuals to pledge a contribution, however small, to bring this project to fruition.”

Organisers are hoping to open the garden in July 2014. The House of Lords, the City of Westminster, English Heritage and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain are also supporting the initiative.

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