Marking the centenary of the start of the World War I and the tragic loss of so many lives, an inspirational new Memorial Garden for Pulborough is being opened in a special ceremony by Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex, Colonel Sir Brian Barttelot, Bt OBE DL today (Thursday August 14) at 10.50 am.
Featuring a sculpture designed by the children from a local school, the idea for the creation of the garden was first envisaged by a member of the Parish Council in 2012 as a way to commemorate the Centenary of World War I and 75th Anniversary of World War II, and to recognise those military and civilian personnel from the Parish who have served their country past and present, including James Brynin who was killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan last year, a loss that affected many Pulborough residents as well as his own close family and friends.
The innovative sculpture, mounted on a plinth in the centre of the garden, features the moving inscription: ‘A new garden by Pulborough Parish Council to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country, and also a place of quiet reflection to remember loved ones.’
Competition for the design of the sculpture was given as a project to the pupils of St. Mary’s School, Pulborough, and the winning design was chosen from over 300 imaginative and thought provoking entries from children aged between 5 and 11 years of age.
The gardens surrounding the central sculpture have been designed with the assistance of staff and students from Brinsbury College, to be a peaceful, tranquil place for rest and contemplation, and include some beautiful flowers such as Hostas, Irises, Lupins, Dianthus and Violas with a strong presence of aromatic Lavender, all sourced with the assistance of New Place Nurseries in the Village.
Set at the side of the Lower Street Car Park, Pulborough, opposite the Library, visitors to the new garden can enjoy spectacular views across the Wildbrooks to the South Downs beyond.
Report contributed by Pulborough Parish Council.