A large part of the Commission's work involves architecture and horticulture. In our cemeteries and memorials, you will see many examples of architecture which is complementary to the horticulture in creating an atmosphere of beauty and peacefulness.

From the beginning in 1917, we employed the leading architects of the day to achieve standards worthy of the Commission’s ideals. These architects worked closely with the Commission’s own architectural and horticultural staff in producing designs suited to the variety of surroundings in which the cemeteries are found all over the world.

The horticulture work is carried out by highly trained and devoted staff. Early on, the Commission’s horticultural officials had been trained at Kew Gardens and other well-known training grounds. The same careful attention to the craft of gardening is given today with some of our gardeners having fathers and grandfathers who also cared for our cemeteries.



The Commission tends to some of the most iconic architectural structures in the world, from Thiepval Memorial to India Gate.

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With gardeners and horticultural experts across the world, the CWGC is one of the world's leading horticultural organisations.

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Conservation Management

Conservation Management

The Commission is the guardian of an Historic Estate which was established almost 100 years ago during the First World War.

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Lion sculpture

Our Architects

In 1918, three principal architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker, were appointed. 

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