Dedication event at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Gardens

Pictured left to right: Terry Whittle, John Crisford, Cllr Steve Wallis and Angela Lewis SUS-160531-162716001
Pictured left to right: Terry Whittle, John Crisford, Cllr Steve Wallis and Angela Lewis SUS-160531-162716001

A dedication event took place at the Redoubt Gardens in Eastbourne to mark the site’s protection as a Centenary Field.

This event is run and organised by national charity Fields in Trust, in partnership with The Royal British Legion, the Centenary Fields programme protects war memorial playing fields, parks and green spaces in memory of those who lost their lives during World War I.

This UK-wide programme is a unique way to commemorate the centenary of World War I. It gives land owners the opportunity to dedicate space to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives during the conflict, and also ensuring that future generations have valuable green space to enjoy.

Redoubt Gardens is home to trees and plaques honouring the memory of former Eastbourne resident and World War I veteran Henry Allingham, as well as all those residents of Eastbourne who lost their lives during the 1914-18 conflict.

Cllr Steve Wallis, portfolio holder for the borough parks and gardens, said, “Centenary Fields is a wonderful scheme and I am absolutely delighted the Redoubt Gardens have been dedicated in this way, ensuring their preservation in perpetuity.

“We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice of so many during World War I and I know Henry Allingham felt exactly the same way. He would certainly approve of this commemoration.”

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