Sheringham War Memorial Garden – Community Design Project

Sheringham War Memorial Garden is in an exposed location and the maintenance of it by NNDC has been challenging and the subject of local comment over recent years. As part of Sheringham Town Council’s Greener Sheringham Project discussions have taken place between the Town Council and the District Council as to how this garden could be enhanced and reflect the importance placed on it by the community as the War Memorial and to also become more sustainable in times of changing climate conditions. NNDC is therefore proposing, working with the Town Council and Community Groups, that it be re-designed as part of a community project.

After a well-attended meeting at the Community Centre on the 21st May with Sheringham in Bloom present, The Royal British Legion and interested members of the public a number of points were proposed. These included as a priority reconnecting the War Memorial with the main garden by the Royal British Legion. Ideas for planting were extensive and very much focused on the possibility of this being a showcase garden for people to both enjoy but also exemplify what can be grown in our coastal environment. There was also enthusiasm for a sensory garden to be included within the scheme.

The Greener Sheringham Project would now like to see the community’s ideas and designs for the garden. A design pack including plans and a specification can be collected from the Town Hall (Monday Wednesday, Friday 9.30-12.30) or the Community Centre (during opening hours) The closing date for designs is 31-07-2019 and all the designs will be displayed at the Community Centre from the 5th August. We would like as many people from across all ages, enthusiastic gardeners, local organisations, gardening companies and garden centers to contribute their ideas. If the prospect of the whole garden is too much then think about a section that you would particularly like to see incorporated within the space. In September the Greener Sheringham Group will then look at the ideas with NNDC and develop a plan based on the community’s ideas. It is then hoped to have much of the garden developed in time for the WW2 2020 commemorations.