Centenary Garden in Cranleigh

A special garden project has begun to take shape in Cranleigh. Designed to honour local people who lost their lives over the past one hundred years in conflict and those left behind who ‘kept the home fires burning’ it is supported by Fields in Trust, the British Legion, Surrey County Playing Fields Association and the Cranleigh Parish Council.

The Parish Council has dedicated a corner of Snoxhall Fields to be a tranquil natural woodland style Centenary Garden to open November 2018 in time for the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918. It is being created by a group of villagers passionate about the village, gardening, local history and design. Andy Bamford of Cranleigh in Bloom has been involved, she says: “This is a worthwhile community project, putting a garden at the communal centre of this area.”

“Uniquely in this country,” says Chairman of the group Liz Townsend, “there will be an interactive element to allow visitors to listen to voices from the past. Letters from and to the Front in the First World War, as well as a ‘Listening Project’ style set of interviews from the Second World War and in more current conflicts.” These voices will come from the villages of Ewhurst, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Dunsfold and Alfold as well as Cranleigh. The experience will be both physical and virtual with QR codes connecting the garden to a website, audiovisual material and further content.

“I have had previous experience of creating oral history projects and they are very significant in bringing people together.” says Brian Freeston a member of the group. “This area is facing huge change in a very short time and many more people are going to ask themselves just what it means to belong here. The one thing we can all share is a common past and this project could go a long way to answer that.”

A fund has been set up for donations.

Please contact Cranleigh Parish Council for a donating leaflet at the contact page on
www.cranleighpc.org.

For further information please contact Parish Councillors Brian Freeston brianfcpc@gmail.com or Liz Townsend liz.yourcranleigh@gmail.com

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