17 July 2017

Runnymede roof repair works get underway

Work to repair the roof of the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede will begin this week.

The work will involve closing the roof terrace and erecting scaffolding over the area known as the shrine, so that repairs to stonework and supports can take place.

The roof’s asphalt waterproof lining will also be replaced.

The work is expected to take at least eight weeks to complete. It will ensure the memorial remains a fitting tribute to those it commemorates.

Conservation and maintenance of the CWGC’s cemeteries and memorials is an ongoing task for the Commission’s 1,300 staff worldwide – the majority of whom are gardeners and stone masons.

They have expertise in horticulture, stone masonry, engraving, carpentry and ironmongery – just to name a few of the disciplines necessary to keep the cemeteries and memorials pristine.

The graves, memorials, sculptures and horticultural features are kept in good order by a regular cycle of maintenance.

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