Heroes transform re-opened Sandham Memorial Chapel Garden

Heroes transform re-opened Sandham Memorial Chapel Garden

Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere, Hampshire - the only National Trust building dedicated to the Great War - was last week re-opened alongside the many other centenary reflections and remembrance activities taking place across the world.

Residents from Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House took part in the one year conservation project to give the garden at the Grade 1 listed chapel a new lease of life, transforming it with new paths, fruit trees and a vegetable patch.

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Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the building houses a series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.

Tedworth House residents - some more green fingered than others, but all equally keen to get involved, found that the experience of working around the chapel connected them with the soldiers of WW1 in the reflective and peaceful environment of the garden.

Residents will continue to help maintain the garden now that it has been re-opened, as part of the Help for Heroes rolling recovery programme offered at the Recovery Centre.

Watch ITV Meridian’s report on the re-opening to see the fruits of their labour, or better still – go and see it for yourself!