The Sun Room
At the centre of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove is the Sun Room. This provides a central point for remembrance, commemoration, quiet contemplation and education. The Grove has seven garden areas under development. Gardens 1-4 are linked by Annette's Memorial Way, which gently meanders past memorials to individuals and military units. Gardens 5-7 will be linked by the new Falklands Memorial Way from the Sun Room to the far end of the Grove.
The Open Air Book
The Grove is being designed as an open air book, with every memorial telling a story. Some just a sentance, some a paragraph and some with chapters. The Military memorials give an brief insight into Allied Special Forces Operations during World War Two up to the present day. We include Civilian and our Friends memorials in the Grove in concert with the National Memorial Arboretum spirit of commemorating the people of the 20th & 21st Centuries.
We invite new memorials in the Grove providing they are associated with Allied Special Forces.
We are in the process of creating new memorials consisting of : -
- Cockleshell Heroes Memorial - which will honour the Royal Marines of Operation Frankton 1942.
- Falklands Resistance Force - which will honour the civilians of the Falkland Islands who resisted the enemy in 1982.
- Pegasus Bridge Memorial - commemorating the "Coup de Main" Glider Landing on D-day 1944.
- Falklands Memorial Way - a 150 metre length of reinforced plastic grid, which will be grassed over. This "Way" will link new memorials from the Sun Room to Garden 7 at the end of the Grove by the railway viaduct.
- These memorials are receiving separate funding, which are ring fenced for that particular purpose only. If you would like to support one or more of these then please contact us.
We would be pleased to arrange guided tours of the Grove for individuals and groups.
The Gardens in the Grove
Garden 1 - Special Operations
Garden 2 - Our Friends Garden
Garden 3 - The Dieppe Raid, Moussey Memorial & Popski's Private Army
Garden 4 - The Sun Room & Special Air Service Memorials
Garden 5 - Cockleshell Heroes Memorial - Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment
Garden 6 - Falklands Resistance Force
Garden 7 - Pegasus Bridge & Airborne Forces Memorials