The memorial is located in a tranquil corner of the Arboretum down
by the River Tame where there are several wooden benches nearby, some
of which are in the photo at the top of this page. The lovely open
view of the River Tame and its wildlife, is, during the growing
season, obscured by tall nettles growing
along the river bank. That apart, on a nice day, this area is an ideal setting for a picnic or a place
for quiet reflection. However, there's not much shelter in the area,
so it's advisable to go prepared if the weather forecast is poor.
over two years after the dedication ceremony in July 2013, our small
band of dedicated volunteers maintained the memorial to a good
standard. However, early in 2016, due to changes in the personal
circumstances of some volunteers, we were unable to continue and
approached the NMA's grounds curator for assistance with maintenance.
Maintenance agreements are widely available but, inexplicably, over 2
not even a draft agreement has
We're now very much dependent on the NMA authorities for keeping the
memorial and its surroundings in good shape. The remaining members of
our maintenance volunteers continue to undertake
monitoring visits but your feedback, be it praiseworthy,
critical or neutral, will be warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated
your comments and photos (if any) from your mobile device, camera
or computer to
. Close-ups of anything of concern and general views, will be most
Photo (July 2016) - a rather forlorn landscape with
poorly cut grass, weeds, uncollected grass cuttings and a backdrop of nettles along the river bank.
Our aim is to
maintain the memorial to a standard that is acceptable to you and
respectful to the memory of our WW2 veterans, whom the memorial
honours and represents. We've not been unable to achieve this
during the 2 year hiatus mentioned above and we apologise to anyone who was
saddened or offended by the apparent lack of care and diligence.
While there are some positive developments in the pipeline, until the
elusive maintenance agreement is in place, any improvements will be
~ Memorial Condition Report ~
1. Dedication Plaque.
The dedication plaque is in good order.
will seek the services of a professional to advise us on the condition
of the mosaic and to undertake restoration work if required. Photos of the damage sustained
over several years have been sent to the manufacturer for his perusal.
He will undertake a site visit in 2018.
Information Display Board.
A new information display was put in place on 9/11/17. It's an improvement in design, content and construction
the original display.
The background colours are symbolic of land, sea and air
forces - the very essence of Combined Operations. From bottom right to
top left, sandy landing beaches, white breakers, dark blue sea, white
clouds and light blue sky. Click on thumbnail to enlarge.
Photo (Nov 2017) - the new display in position. .
The effects of near drought conditions over recent months will be
assessed on the next site visit in the autumn of 2018. Hopefully, the
proximity of the memorial to the river will have afforded the trees
grass has recently improved and is now healthy and luscious as in the
above photo. The area around the memorial will be fully restored to a
high standard when a strip of uneven ground, possibly
caused by a heavy vehicle running over the area, is levelled off and
other undulations filled in.
the ground is difficult to see and is a potential danger, particularly
to those using mobility scooters
walking aids. Please be careful while walking in this area.
The open view of the river and beyond was restored when the nettles
died down during the winter months. Of course, the view of
the river is of greatest value to visitors during the warmer months.
We requested that the nettles be cut back in the run up to D Day and
Remembrance Sunday as a matter of respect to our veterans.
addressing NMA erosion and safety concerns, we believe that the
nettles will continue to grow with their root
systems intact if cut down to, say, 12 inches. At that height, they
would still be effective in preventing erosion and acting as a barrier to river access. We would prefer the nettles to be cut back on a regular basis as part of a maintenance agreement. This
would immediately enhance the appearance of the memorial and the
amenity of the area more generally.
The paving slabs were re-grouted early in 2018 at a cost of £400. The
work was carried out by Scott
was removed from the paved area as part of the grouting work.