Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community Woodland is a five and a half acre site. Find it in the fields next to Moor Park School on Moor Park Avenue in Bispham, Blackpool.
It’s purpose is to “Provide the Service Associations and the people of Blackpool and the Fylde with a place of peace and beauty in which to remember their fallen comrades and loved ones”. It’s the only one in the UK outside the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
About the Fylde Memorial Arboretum
The Arboretum began life as an idea of Don Aiken’s in 2008. Don was the Vice President of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee. He started out by wanting to plant a memorial tree to commemorate the D-Day and Normandy Veterans.
At the time the Forestry Commission were offering to fund the planting of woodland areas. They agreed to fund the arboretum, and Blackpool Council agreed to provide the land.
It’s run by the Arboretum Committee, and they have secured funding from various schemes to plant trees and lay paths.
Special Features in the Fylde Memorial Arboretum
The Arboretum includes a Services Glade where the Union Flag flies.
Alongside it is the Millennium Grove which is devoted to the memory of local people who have been killed on active service during this millennium.
The Jim Houldsworth Bower remembers the Major and champion of the ex service community who died in 2012.
In the remaining woodland anyone in the community can remember a loved one with a plaque set against a tree.
There are 2500 trees in the Arboretum, planted by the Forestry Commission, and available for dedication. A variety of species of young trees are included. Over time they’ll grow into a mature, mixed woodland.
Friends Group for Arboretum
Greenland’s ward Councillor Chris Ryan is hoping to establish a Friends group for Fylde Memorial Arboretum.
Cllr Ryan explained “As Blackpool Council’s armed forces champion working with the Fylde Ex-Serviceman’s Liaison Committee (FESLC) we’ve got an incredible amount done over the past few years with only limited resources.
“Cllr Christine Wright and I donated £2,000 from our ward budget to get the area drained and the path laid with the stones which were donated by the council from the old promenade and laid by BEAT to make a better path. Councillors from across Blackpool donated money from their ward budgets and there was also a donation from the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee to plant trees.
“In the new memorial area we now have two new commemorative stones WW1 and the Burma star the Burma Star Association have donated towards this area.”
The meeting was set for 8 April 2016 in Blackpool Town Hall.
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