Published: Thu 8 November, 2018
A peace garden in Coalville that offers a place for reflection and remembrance all year round has received recognition through the Centenary Fields programme.
A new commemorative plaque, accompanied by the shadowed figure of a World War One soldier, now stands proudly in the peace garden in Coalville Park.
The Centenary Fields programme was launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust President HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge.
Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion, the programme aims to protect parks, playing fields and other recreational spaces as a means of honouring the memory of the millions who lost their lives in World War I.
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) first created the peace garden in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
It has proved to be a very popular spot with enclosed garden space, mosaic panels that commemorate World War One and Two, commemorative seating, ornamental planting and decorative steelwork.
Now in 2018, NWLDC has successfully applied for the Centenary Field commemorative plaque which marks the entirety of Coalville Park as a protected space for reflection and remembrance.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion at NWLDC, said: “The peace garden has become a wonderful space to relax and reflect and I know lots of people in Coalville enjoy it on a daily basis.
“Our new commemorative plaque is a perfect addition to this permanent garden of Remembrance and we’re proud to be able to display it as a show of support for the Armed Forces.”
Councillor John Legrys, Councillor for Coalville West, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved Fields in Trust recognition for Coalville Park. I want to thank staff that have put in the work to bring in the park up to the required standard.
“There is still a lot more work to do, but with help from the newly formed Friends of Coalville Park I’m confident we will gain the much coveted Green Flag.”
For further information on Fields in Trust and Centenary Fields programme visit www.fieldsintrust.org/centenary-fields