National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum, sited in the heart of the Nation, is the UK’s year round Centre of Remembrance. It has 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials, including the Armed Forces Memorial, which commemorates all those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism since the end of the Second World War. The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities .
The focus isn’t totally military here as a large area is devoted to Police who have fallen while on duty, as well as the Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services. National charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children, are also found on the grounds. For some, this is a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones and for others it is a place to reflect in the abundance of trees and silence.
The Arboretum offers a variety of activities suitable for children and young people of all ages, during weekends and school holidays. Please visit their website for further information.
Facilities: Yes – an access statement is available on the “Plan your Visit” section of their website (please see link to their website below).
Opening Times: The Arboretum is open every day, except Christmas Day, between 9am and 5pm. In winter months the grounds close at dusk but the Visitor’s Centre always remains open till 5pm.
Costs: Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
For further information please visit: http://www.thenma.org.uk