The National Memorial Arboretum, situated near Alrewas in Staffordshire, started life as an area of land which had been quarried in the 1980s and 1990s before being restored to a natural state. Planting at the site began in 1997 and is an ongoing process with over 50,000 trees planted so far. The trees often have relevance to the memorials around them.
More than 400 memorials have been installed by many different groups ranging from military forces to civil services (such as police and fire brigades) to charities and others.
The largest memorial, which the visitor cannot fail to see, is the Armed Forces Memorial (AFM). This magnificent structure is a moving tribute to Armed Forces men and women who have died since World War Two either in conflicts, terrorist attacks or training exercises.
The Portland stone panels of the circular walls are inscribed with the names of more than 16,000 service men and women. Seeing those panels with the space left for more names is, for me, the most emotional experience of all my visits to the Arboretum.
The official website of the National Memorial Arboretum can be found at this link:
The National Memorial Arboretum is a living tribute to those remembered. There are ambitious plans for the future for which funding would be greatly appreciated. Information about the projects can be found at the NMA website or by following this link from here:
and donations can be made at the NMA website or by following this link from here: