Memorial garden is set for a spruce-up

August 26 2016

THE garden surrounding Mangotsfield's war memorial is set for a revamp.


THE garden surrounding Mangotsfield's war memorial is set for a revamp.
The site at the junction of Mangotsfield Road and Rodway Hill Road is known as the  Alec Martin Large Memorial Garden  in memory of a former chairman of Mangotsfield Urban District Council and of Staple Hill  Royal British Legion.
The plan for this autumn is to remove some of the shrub planting  and grass over the area to make more space for the annual remembrance service.
Other shrub planting beds will be replaced with flowering perennials and bulbs to give year-round interest. The hedge around the war memorial, which obscure one of the plaques, will be removed.
Rodway ward councillor Michael Bell said he was pleased about the proposed work.
“I very much welcome this initiave, from South Gloucestershire Council, a view which will be shared by all local residents, and in particular those who attend the Remembrance Day Services,” he said.
Mangotsfield War Memorial was put up in 1919 by the parishioners of Mangotsfield in memory of the men of the parish who lost their lives whilst serving their country in the First World War and later also of those who lost their lives in the Second World War.
It was moved to the garden, 40 metres south of the original location, presumably when the shops were built. Does any Downend Voice reader know when this would have been?