On the 29th May 2014, the newly-restored Avenue of Remembrance and the new Home Front Garden were opened at Wickford Memorial Park.
The Wickford Memorial Association have worked hard to replace dead and diseased trees and to design and plant ‘The Home Front Garden’. A further eleven trees have been planted, which represent the Wickford civilians killed during the Second World War, the youngest was 10 years old.
Each of the trees has a name plate, with, where possible, a photo or the regimental badge and the name of the remembered.
Steve Newman, Chairman of the Association, said “It has been three years since we started to look at the Avenue. When it was first created, it just had the names of the soldiers, but those days are gone. It needed refreshing so that the community could engage with it again. I have been talking to lots of people who have been taking the time to read the plaques.
The Home Front Garden has seating and flower beds, and will be somewhere to relax and reflect.”
Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, officially opened the new-look avenue and garden.
The work was sponsored by Essex Environment Trust and Veolia, Pitsea Marshes Trust.