Move complete for Rochdale in Bloom World War One Memorial Garden

Date published: 19 July 2019

The move of the Rochdale in Bloom World War One Memorial Garden has officially been finished with the new paving around the display.

Designed as a commemorative World War One centenary tribute, the garden has been moved from its former home near the Gracie Fields statue to outside the former Magistrates’ Court on The Esplanade, near to the Memorial Gardens.

The garden officially opened on Thursday (18 July), after the final flags were laid on Wednesday by sponsor H Bell and Sons, who have assisted with the move.


The Rochdale in Bloom World War One Memorial Garden


The Rochdale in Bloom World War One Memorial Garden


Based on 100 years’ celebration since the end of World War One, the garden includes engraved poems, benches, soldier silhouettes, a picture frame and a fantastic floral display, including poppies and other symbolic plants. 

A time capsule created by Hamer Primary School pupils was also buried in the garden during the move.


The time capsule
The time capsule


The Rochdale in Bloom World War One Memorial Garden


Rochdale in Bloom vice chair, Paul Ellison said: “It really feels like the memorial garden has come home, now that it is in its new, permanent place near the memorial grounds.

“Our thanks go to H Bell and Sons, who have done a fantastic job flagging around this thoughtful exhibit, Balfour Beatty, Rochdale Council and Jamie White from the Environment Management team for installing the bespoke World War One poppy bench.”

Sponsor Harry Bell said: “As a Lancashire Fusilier/Army 1950, I am proud H Bells are involved with the Memorial Garden.

“It is a very fitting tribute. Well done, Rochdale in Bloom.”

The memorial garden was awarded Best Feature in a Public Place at the regional North West in Bloom awards ceremony in Southport in November 2018.

A service of dedication for the garden will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 1 August, following the weekly veterans’ breakfast at Rochdale Town Hall.

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