The National Memorial Arboretum is the proud recipient of, or has been involved in, a number of awards. These provide something of an insight into the many areas in which we’ve sought and achieved excellence on the journey towards becoming recognised nationally as the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance.

Queen's Award For Voluntary Service 2010

The National Memorial Arboretum's volunteers are members of one of the volunteering bodies to win HM The Queen’s prestigious Award for Voluntary Service – equivalent to an MBE. The 120 Volunteers give outstanding service and support to the Arboretum and its visitors, contributing a total of more than 28,000 hours in 2010. Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2010

European Best Practice Award 2010

The European Aggregates Association recognised Lafarge's role in the creation of the National Memorial Arboretum site on a former sand and gravel quarry, helping it to become an area of beauty, a haven for wildlife and a place of great historic importance within beautiful wooded parkland. Lafarge has been instrumental in the creation and sustained development of the Arboretum, providing expertise and materials, involvement as a Trustee and active involvement in our management, landscaping and communications committees.
Read the news release here.

"This our first visit to the Arboretum and will be the first of many. Such a tranquil place and so many moving tributes. Absolutely beautiful

Val Gilbert

Les Wills MBE 2010

Les was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his contribution to the West Midlands community. This included his dedicated and valuable work as a volunteer at the National Memorial Arboretum since its opening in 2001.


Lynne Barkas' Excellence in tourism gold award 2009

Lynne is the events officer at the National Memorial Arboretum and won her Gold Award at the Heart of England's 'Excellence in Tourism' Awards.

Lynne Barkas Award

Judith Thorpe's Unsung Heroes Award 2009

Judith was Company Secretary and finance officer at the National Memorial Arboretum until October 2011, having been here since the Arboretum opened in 2001. She won the UPS/Tamworth Times/Lichfield Post ’Unsung Heroes’ Competition in 2009 for her work at the Arboretum. She now volunteers at the Arboretum.

"We visited yesterday. A few of us are ex-service but my husband is still serving in the RAF. It is a truly amazing place. I found it a humbling and privileged experience.
The grounds and memorials are beautiful.
The Arboretum must give peace and
comfort to so many. We will be visiting
again soon. Well done."

Sarah Everitt

Cooper Heyman Cup 2009

The Cooper-Heyman Cup is the premier national restoration award for projects of an exceptional standard and reflects the Arboretum’s ‘massive environmental, social and economic benefits'.

Lafarge and the National Memorial Arboretum scooped the top national award for land restoration. Presented by the Mineral Products Association (MPA) in London, the accolade celebrates the environmental, social and economic benefits resulting from the development of the Arboretum on the site of one of Lafarge's former sand and gravel quarries.

The Arboretum, which recently unveiled plans that will see it transformed into a world-class centre for Remembrance, honours the fallen, recognises sacrifice and fosters pride in the country. Ecology and the environment have been at the forefront of the site's development, with more than 50,000 trees having been planted to create beautiful wooded parkland.

With the support of Lafarge, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and The Royal British Legion, the Arboretum has created a rich tapestry of lakes, ponds, river habitats, grassland, reed beds and wetland. This, coupled with hedge laying and the building of an otter holt, has promoted wildlife to the extent that a vast array of species are now flourishing on the 150 acre site.

Robert Whetstone, managing director of Lafarge and then a trustee of the Arboretum, said: "The Alrewas site has been restored into a beautiful, historic and peaceful place of growing international importance. It has come to mean a great deal, both to the Nation and personally to every one of the 300,000 visitors it now attracts every year."

Charles Bagot Jewitt, Chief Executive of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "Extensive collaboration between many organisations has seen this amazing place rise from the base of a former gravel pit. Our visitors marvel constantly at how much has been achieved in the eight years since we opened and this high profile external recognition is wonderful."

Two other Lafarge restoration projects picked up MPA awards, including Lafarge Cement's Cauldon Cement Works in Staffordshire and Lafarge Aggregates' Charing Sand Pit in Kent. Both received plaudits for creating natural habitats, encouraging wildlife and explaining the restoration to local communities.

The MPA Restoration Awards reflect the caring and responsible nature of the minerals industry. Lafarge and the Arboretum were awarded the Cooper-Heyman Cup - the premier restoration award for projects of an exceptional standard.

"I have just seen the National Memorial Arboretum featured in the TV programme
My Dad's Army. What an astoundingly beautiful place and a wonderful site for those suffering grief and loss to come
and remember their loved ones.

No name provided

Royal Television Society 2009

Regional TV coverage of Armistice 2008 earned ITV Central a prestigious Royal Television Society Award. The broadcaster aired its entire East and West Midlands evening news programmes from the top of a floodlit Armed Forces Memorial. They referred to the 'outstanding support provided by the National Memorial Arboretum'.

Read the news release here.

Broadcast trucks at the Armed Forces Memorial

Best Loo Of The Year 2009

NMA was voted a 5* standard and category winner at the 2009 Loo of the Year Awards in December, sponsored by Airdri (UK manufacturer of warm air dryers) with additional sponsorship by Remploy and The British Cleaning Council. The four national tourism bodies - Enjoy England, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and The Northern Ireland Tourist Board set the standards for this coveted Award.

"A wonderful facility and extremely
enthusiastic staff."

No name provided

Lottery's Best Heritage Project 2008

The Armed Forces Memorial won the Heritage category in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards on 30 August 2008, gaining a trophy and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on the Memorial.

Representatives from the Armed Forces Memorial and the National Memorial Arboretum attended the ceremony, which was broadcast live on BBC1. They shared the red carpet with celebrity guests, including boxing star Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton, TV and radio presenter Kirsty Gallagher, Anne Robinson, Amanda Mealing (Connie in Holby City), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning in EastEnders), and pop rock band McFly at the star-studded awards show.

A record number of public votes were cast in this year’s annual National Lottery Awards and the Armed Forces Memorial received an incredible show of public support throughout all stages of the competition.

Accepting the award from TV presenter Anne Robinson, Vice Admiral Sir John Dunt, Chairman of the Armed Forces Memorial Trust, said: "We are all utterly delighted that the new Armed Forces Memorial has won this Award. The Memorial has benefited enormously from Lottery funding and allowed us to build a truly inspirational Memorial to all members of our Armed Forces who have been killed on duty or by terrorism since the Second World War.

He continued: "We have received tremendous support throughout all stages of the competition and, on behalf of The Armed Forces Memorial, I would like to thank everyone who voted for us."

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, with winners determined by popular vote. The Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects - both large and small - make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.

Some press and web coverage of the announcement is available from the links below

BBC News

Blog spots
Aquila Victrix
Pink Sunshine

Accepting the Best Heirtage Project 2008 Award
Liam O'Connor (Armed Forces Memorial architect) and Vice Admiral Sir John Dunt (chairman of AFM trustees) collect the award