Mayor unveils part of Memorial Gardens as a Centenary Field
Part of the Memorial Gardens housing the Grade II listed memorial to the two World Wars has been dedicated as a Centenary Field.
Mayor Cllr John Link was joined by Damian Green, Gerry Clarkson and representatives from Fields in Trust and Military Services for a ceremony to unveil the plaque.
Fields in Trust is delivering a nationwide initiative in partnership with the Royal British Legion to secure recreational spaces to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I.
The programme aims to protect at least one green space in every local authority area across the UK to commemorate the centenary of WWI and ensures war memorial fields, parks and green spaces are available for future generations to enjoy.
The current Memorial Gardens was chosen as the most appropriate location for the Centenary Field, due to its significant links to WWI. Ashford Borough Council’s Cabinet gave the idea the green light this September.
The council has entered into a Deed of Dedication with Fields in Trust not to use this part of the Memorial Gardens for any purpose other than as a public memorial garden.
Cllr Jessamy Blanford, portfolio holder for environment and open spaces, said: “These sites will create a living UK-wide legacy in commemoration of the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives in WWI.
“Already a significant site of importance to the borough, the dedication of the space will ensure that the Centenary Field and Memorial Gardens continue to remain protected for residents for generations to come.”