Gardening in Wartime
Throughout 2014-2018 the nation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Hundreds of parks and historic designed landscapes were transformed by temporary uses such as training camps, for food production, or by abandonment.The Gardening in Wartime project is a joint initiative between the Garden Museum and Parks & Gardens UK. The project focuses on the untold story of gardens and gardening during and after the First World War.
Memorial Landscape of the Week
War Memorial Park, Sileby
Sileby War Memorial Park features a Grade II listed cenotaph which has recently been renovated (2014). The cenotaph bears a wreath on the front with the names of the fallen inscribed on slate tablets on the front and side faces.The Village Institute provided the ground for the memorial, which was unveiled by Captain R Gee VC MP on September 17th, 1921. Read more....
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Gazetteer of War Memorial Parks and Gardens
How many war memorial parks and gardens are there in the UK? We would like your help to find out! In September 2014 we launched an exciting project to compile a Gazetteer of War Memorial Parks and Gardens in the UK. It is the first of its kind and is now freely available along with an informative article about memorial parks and gardens. The Gazetteer will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.
Online resources, projects, guidance and suggested reading
Visit our resources page for information and links to resources online which relate to WWI, remembrance and how the war affected historic parks and gardens in the UK.
Schools and learning resources
Parks & Gardens UK records
We have over 9,000 records of parks and gardens on our database. Here are some examples of interesting records already on the database relevant to WWI and gardening in wartime.
Over the next four years, events, exhibitions, lectures and visits will take place all around the country that focus on WWI and commemorations associated with it. We are updating our Events Calendar regularly to provide information about WWI events across multiple organisations and areas. Please be sure to check the calendar regularly for events of interest near you.