The Guards Museum, based at Wellington Barracks in London, has constructed The Flanders Fields 1914 - 2014 Memorial Garden to commemorate the 4,096 soldiers of the Guards regiments who died in the trenches in the Great War.
The Memorial Garden sits at Wellington Barracks and is located alongside the Guards Chapel, opposite The Guards Museum. The new garden represents a unique opportunity not only to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War but also to thank the British people for their sacrifice in liberating our country.
The Garden has been designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Piet Blanckaert from Bruges, Belgium. This £700,000 project is being carried out by The Guards Museum in conjunction with Flanders House in London, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.
Construction of the project has involved collecting soil from the Flanders Fields battlefield cemeteries in ceremonies of remembrance and laying the soil in the circular bed in the newly constructed garden.
Grant funding of around £40k has been used to support the construction of a disabled access ramp to facilitate access for Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen, Women and Veterans to the Memorial Garden and the adjacent areas of interest (this represents the only Military Chapel left in London).