Over £2,000 given towards RMB Chivenor Memorial Garden

North Devon Council has given over £2,000 to the Chivenor Memorial Garden Trust.

At the full council meeting yesterday (Wednesday) Councillor Jasmine Chesters presented Lt. Al Martin with a cheque for £2,100 to continue development of the garden, which is expected to be open in time for the Remembrance Day parade.

The Royal Marines Barracks (RMB) Chivenor Memorial Garden Project is an ambitious undertaking that seeks to convert a special part of RMB Chivenor - home to 1100 men and women of the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines, 24 Commando Engineer Regiment, and A Flight 22 Squadron Royal Air Force Search and Rescue - into a focal point for remembrance and reflection for all.

"This is a really worthwhile project and it has come a long way," said Lt. Martin on receiving the cheque. "The individual gardens representing the army, the marines and the air force are taking shape.

"This is going to go a long way towards making the vision a reality."

The new garden will be placed next to the entrance to the base, serving as a permanent reminder to everyone entering or leaving the barracks of the sacrifice of others.

The money was provided through community councillor grants ranging from £50-£250 from members of the council.

Executive Member for Community, Councillor Yvette Gubb, said: "Our community councillor grants are an excellent way of supporting local projects that have wide ranging benefits for the community. This is a worthy project that will help those in active service as well as their families and also those who are mourning the loss of a loved one."