The Remembrance Garden was created in 2009 as a space for people to recognise the lives and contribution of family members, friends, RAF squadrons or RAF Association branches. It is a place they can take comfort and remember them in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
More than 250 memorial stones have been laid since the garden opened. And every year visitors plant more than 65 crosses. A yearly memorial service is held by the RAF Association to dedicate the stones and crosses. Attended by senior figures from the RAF, the service is often enhanced by a flypast from a historic aircraft. The 2017 service drew 262 family members and friends of those who are commemorated in the garden. A major ceremony is planned for 2018 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
Thank you letters and feedback from those who use the garden say:
“The Association’s remembrance garden is a nice place to come and remember my friend, along with many other members of the RAF family.” and “We have placed a stone in the memorial garden for grandad as a tribute to what he did for his country.”
The Association encourages anyone making a visit to the Arboretum at any time of year to visit their garden to pay their respects. Further information on the garden or remembrance stones and crosses is available from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0116 268 8791.
Any additional money raised through the garden is used to support the RAF Association’s welfare work with veterans and serving RAF personnel across the UK and overseas.