New Cranleigh garden will commemorate lives lost in the First World War

Snoxhall Fields, Cranleigh
Snoxhall Fields, Cranleigh

A Centenary Garden in Cranleigh is set to open on November 10 commemorating the local lives lost in battle over the past 100 years.

The opening will be in time for the 100th anniversary signing of the Armistice in 1918.

A total of 415 people died from the villages of Alfold, Blackheath, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, Ewhurst, Shamley Green and Wonersh.

Each will be symbolised by a steel poppy inside a sculpture at the centre of the garden, which is designed to reflect a natural English meadow.

The garden has been allocated a corner in Snoxhall Fields by the Cranleigh Parish Council and will be opened by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and former High Sheriff, Robert Napier.

The project is supported by Fields in Trust, The Royal British Legion, the Surrey Playing Fields Association and the Cranleigh Parish Council.

It has been created by a group of villagers and will be completed in the middle of October.

On Sunday November 11 the garden will be floodlit and hung with 415 painted ‘paper-plated poppies’ by local school pupils, Scouts and Guides. Each poppy will contain a name of one of the fallen.