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‘BATTLEFIELD TO BUTTERFLIES’ WALLED GARDEN UNVEILED AT OSBORNE HOUSE

A walled garden to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including wildflowers, a replica bomb, craters, skeletal trees and barbed wire, has been officially unveiled at at Osborne House in East Cowes.

The English Heritage-run garden at Queen Victoria’s seaside home has been turned into a ‘battlefield landscape’. Osborne’s garden team have dug craters and used dead trees, rusted wheels and other objects to create an authentic looking scene. It will return to nature as wild flowers grow through the summer months, just as happened on the battlefields of Northern France.

The new display, which was officially unveiled for the first time yesterday (Monday), is also intended to commemorate the gardens and grounds staff from The Royal Parks, of which the gardens at Osborne House was part of at the time of WW1, who died in the First World War.

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Children from The Community Kids after school club at The Bay CE Primary School in Sandown sung songs from the period and helped plant wildflower seeds. They’ve been visiting Osborne on a regular basis.

Kate Collins, deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight was joined by the chairman of the Royal Parks Guild, Mike Fitt OBE and English Heritage’s Head Gardener at Osborne, Toby Beasley.

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