Battlefields to Butterflies and park staff memorial in Brompton Cemetery

We unveiled a memorial in Brompton Cemetery to all the parks and gardens staff who lost their lives in WWI, in partnership with The Royal Parks Guild and The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Anthony Howe, Chaplain to the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace – the gardens of which were managed by The Royal Parks during World War 1. The Chelsea Pensioners sowed the foundations for a permanent wildflower meadow at the site of the Chelsea Pensioners’ monument in the cemetery, to honour the 2,625 Pensioners buried there. The meadow is based on a seed list, provided by Kew Gardens, of the flowers which sprang up in French fields after the Battle of the Somme and will include poppies, cornflowers, loosestrife, mallow and cranesbill.