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A crowd gathers at HighGround's garden in Headley Court

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 home.

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 today."

"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.