Council approves £10,000 budget for First World War memorial garden

Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.Picture: Nick Butcher

Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A £10,000 bid to create a First World War centenary memorial garden in Lowestoft has been given the go ahead.

Plans to create the garden at Belle Vue Park were discussed by Lowestoft Town Council at a meeting on April 3, and will see further consultations about the final plans for the garden within the grade two listed park.

Basic plans are already in place for the project, with a poppy-shaped garden with flowers and gravel paths proposed.

The garden is to be installed in a location in the park which used to have flower beds but has become overgrown, and it will be planted with Rosa Benjamin Britten and under-planted with either Heuchera Autumn Glow or Geum Queen of Orange.

The plans also include a dark colour breathe and roll gravel to create the paths and other than the benches there will be no permanent structures built in or around the garden.

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The top petal is planned to be approximately 45m squared, with the bottom petal 70m squared, giving the full flower an area of around 115m squared.

It would be located close to the lodge cottage at the corner of Cart Score and Yarmouth Road.

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In a letter to stakeholders including Historic England, Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone and The Gardens Trust, the council said: 'It is the town council's intention... to install a poppy shaped memorial garden in the town council owned Belle Vue Park. The garden is to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'We would welcome any comments you wish to make on this project which we hope to be able to deliver by October.'

A spokesman for the town council said: 'This is just one of the centenary commemorative events being planned in the town. If you are organising anything whether it be knitting a giant poppy or a special service at your school, please do let the town council know at'

Belle Vue Park was opened in 1874 after two members of the Lowestoft Improvement Committee, Wiliam Youngman and William Rix Seago, turned the idea from the committee into a reality.

The design followed the character of contemporary pleasure grounds with winding paths and cross-walks through areas of lawn densely planted with a wide variety of specimen trees and shrubs.

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