Lichfield & District garden
The council’s Lichfield & District garden at the National Memorial Arboretum has been a popular part of the NMA since it first opened in 2001. As the NMA has developed and expanded significantly over the years the council garden has been left slightly behind and is in need of improvement.
Since November 2015 extensive renovation work including replacing dead and failing trees, restoring and updating signs, and installing a new entrance has begun. The garden will stay open but as a result of the changes will not look at its best over this time. The work will hopefully be completed during the summer of 2016. If you are planning a visit to the NMA during this time there are over 300 memorials, a visitors centre and plenty of beautiful woodland to see and explore.
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History of the garden
The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas is the country's centre of remembrance, it commemorates and celebrates those who have given their lives in service of their country. First opened in 2001, The Lichfield & District garden is one of the arboretum's most visited memorials. Funded and maintained by Lichfield District Council the garden represents all the parishes in the district.
Renovation work hasn't been made to the garden since Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the iconic Armed Forces Memorial in 2008. Initially the garden was meant to be incorporated in plans for a new visitor centre, preventing any improvements from taking place. These plans have now changed and the garden's much needed overhaul is free to go ahead.
As one of the arboretum's most popular memorials it has been decided that the Lichfield & District garden will maintain its current style and simply upgrade its materials and trees to be more durable. The signs for each of the parishes will need to be revamped as they have become dated and worn. Lastly the garden is in need of clearer information including what it represents and who commissioned it, so a new interpretation sign will be designed and installed.