Servicemen help to rebuild thoughts of home
08 October 2015
Horticultural therapy charity HighGround has launched their
'Home Thoughts from Abroad' garden at Headley Court, with support
from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
The garden was inspired by the centenary of the First World War,
and particularly the CWGC. It was designed to reflect what soldiers
would be thinking when they were first deployed - thoughts of
HighGround works to rehabilitate returning servicemen while
teaching them transferrable skills. As such, it is particularly
appropriate that the charity turned to CWGC for help.
The Commission's Director of Horticulture, David Richardson
said: "After the First World War, the CWGC employed
ex-servicemen as gardeners. They helped transform the burial places
of their comrades into the places of remembrance we know
"For many, that work must have been deeply emotional but also
comforting and part of their healing process. That is just one
reason why we were pleased to support this initiative by HighGround
and Headley Court."
The CWGC has provided advice and practical assistance to the
project. CWGC staff giving their time to remove turf and level and
prepare the site of the garden. Further assistance will be provided
as the project progresses over the next two years.