Work begins on £3million improvement project at the National Memorial Arboretum

A £3million project to improve the National Memorial Arboretum gets underway today.

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

The Alrewas site will introduce an information area around the Armed Forces Memorial and create a new focal point for the laying of wreaths.

The project is expected to take around a year to complete and the iconic memorial at the centre of the Arboretum will be closed while the work takes place.

Sarah Montgomery, managing director at the Arboretum, said: ““We recognise the disruption these works will cause and having to close the monument for any period of time is not a decision we wanted to take.

“There are however over 300 other memorials within the 150 acres of wooded parkland, with the majority of recent conflicts represented in some way.

“We hope that our visitors will take the opportunity to explore other parts of the Arboretum.

“We are also creating an area with panels featuring images of the names on the monument, and a focal point for the laying of tributes, in order that families can continue to pay their respects.”

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