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Remembered Today:

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, Improved access to WFA Memorial Stone,


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Just some good news from the NMA. The Great War is very under represented at the NMA. Last year the Birmingham Branch, principally under the leadership of branch chairman , Jonathan Dale managed to site and install a memorial stone to the war dead of the British Empire there. A small stone in a very large Arboretum but no less important for that. The stone is sited in the far corner of the Arboretum and previously access was only by a grassy and frequently muddy river bank meaning only the fittest and most intrepid visitors got that far.

Happily the NMA was awarded an improvement grant this Spring and has now installed a smooth tarmac surfaced path up to this point providing walking, transport and disabled access. The stone is now sited on the turning circle of the path. The NMA has also instituted a guided golf buggy tour up to this point where four or five visitors, for a small fee have a 45 minute guided tour of this far area of the Arboretum. The stone is mentioned in the descriptive script used and so has become much admired by visitors in their comments afterwards.

An improvement in Remembrance there.


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