The garden, next to the children’s play area on Snoxhall Fields, will be opened on Saturday 10th November at 11.00am by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and former High Sheriff, Robert Napier. It will be a simple affair with a WW1 poem read out and the Last Post.
Background: The Centenary Garden at Cranleigh, with the support of ‘Fields in Trust’, the British Legion, the Surrey Playing Fields Association and Cranleigh Parish Council, commemorates the 415 lives lost in conflict from the villages of Alfold, Blackheath, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, Ewhurst, Shamley Green and Wonersh over the last 100 years.
The garden has been created entirely from voluntary effort and the generosity of local people and companies, and will be completed mid October. It has been designed to reflect a natural English meadow with 415 steel poppies collected into a sculpture. We hope many descendants of the 415 will be in attendance, along with children from the primary schools in the area who have made 415 paper-plate poppies, each with the name of one of the Fallen.