On Wednesday 7th November 2018, we were invited to take part in a memorial and dedication service at Brompton Cemetery, West London. Working in partnership with the Royal Parks Guild, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Royal Parks after 3 years of planning the event took place.
A specially-inscribed memorial stone was permanently placed in the wall of one of the cemetery’s colonnades, the same one that was at the end of the Hampton Court Flower Show Battlefields to Butterflies trench and garden. The Reverend Canon Anthony Howe, Chaplain to the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Place conducted the service and blessed the plague on which are inscribed the 24 names of the gardeners who lost their lives during the Great War.
The Chelsea Pensioners also laid the foundations for a permanent wildflower meadow at the site of their monument which is also in the cemetery. This honours the 2,625 pensioners that are buried here. The meadow is based on a seed list from Kew Gardens who documented the flowers that sprang up in French soil after the Battle of the Somme. This includes poppies, cornflowers, loosestrife, mallow and cranesbill.
As more photos are released they will appear here once they have been released to us from the press agencies.