Vision - Our future

Opened to the public in 2001 and free to enter, the National Memorial Arboretum is now firmly established as the nation’s centre of Remembrance. It is a peaceful and beautiful place, where families and friends from across the UK come to remember loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and where visitors of all ages can pay their respects, learn about Remembrance in all its guises and enjoy the beautiful mixture of flora and fauna.

As a registered charity we have launched a fundraising campaign to transform our facilities for the increasing number of visitors coming to the Arboretum. The existing building was designed for just 60,000 visitors per annum and we now welcome 300,000 each year. Voted a top ‘national treasure’ in a recent public poll of lottery funded projects, that trend is set to continue.

New facilities, designed by architects Glenn Howells Associates, will add a major new Remembrance and Learning Centre to remodelled restaurant, shop and event spaces, and create a superb new outdoor space, Heroes’ Square. A transitional garden will lead visitors from the new centre naturally out into the Arboretum.

Our campaign target is £15.7 million and £10 million has already been raised or pledged. We now need to secure a final £5.7 million to deliver the new facilities.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the appeal so far. 

We would like to thank the following generous lead supporters

Staffordshire County Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Hans K. Rausing Charitable Trust
The Westminster Foundation
Michael Bishop Foundation
Roger Henderson QC on behalf of the Boyes Will Trust
FCC Environment/Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd
Rolls Royce
Steel Charitable Trust