Residents call for memorial garden action

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2014

Memorial garden at the junction of Milton Road and Grove Road.

Memorial garden at the junction of Milton Road and Grove Road.

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WESTON residents are calling for one of the town’s gardens to receive a bench and plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Helen Wheatley, of Woodcliff Road, is leading the appeal and said she believes the garden was originally created as a memorial and wants more people to be made aware.

The land is at the junction of Milton Road and Grove Road, and commonly known as the Rose Garden. But 80-year-old Helen, whose father served in the conflict, wants to change this.

She said: “Many Westonians are unaware it is a memorial garden for World War One.

“I would like to see a plaque and a bench there telling people what it actually is.

“There used to be a bench there and I feel it is important for people to know.”

North Somerset Council owns the land and a spokesman said the authority is not aware of any evidence to suggest it is a memorial garden, but would like to hear from anyone who has any new information.

He said: “The garden was laid out some time between the two wars, probably the same time as the houses, as a small open space for the enjoyment of the residents.

“If putting a bench there is something residents want to do they can come to us, as we own the land, but we would not have any funding to do that, they would have to raise the money themselves.”

Town and district councillor Roz Willis added: “This is not listed with the war memorial committee and therefore we believe it was gifted to Milton from someone in honour of those who lost their lives in World War One.

“I had North Somerset Council clear it out and we were hoping Weston In Bloom will do something with a plaque and a dedication.

“Worle History Society also helped with the research and we asked for anyone who knows any more details to speak with us.”

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