Securing Our Future

The Capital Campaign for the National Memorial Arboretum.

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.

At the heart of the nation and part of The National Forest, the 150 acre Arboretum is home to over 50,000 maturing trees and over 300 memorials recognising the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and Civil Services, like the Police, Fire and RNLI. At the centre of the site is the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, on which is inscribed the 16,000 names of those who have died in combat or training since 1945. Behind each memorial are human stories and they all feature individual symbolism demonstrating links to those they represent. 

"Iain’s body never came home, so the Armed Forces Memorial is a place where I can run my fingers over his name and be with him. That first visit was heartbreaking, but wonderful. I stood there and talked to him for ages."
Margaret Allen’s first husband, Iain Boldy, was an Able Seaman on HMS Argonaut during the Falklands War. He was killed in an Argentine attack on 21 May 1982.

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.

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 Building Project National Memorial Arboretum
The new Remembrance and learning centre viewed from the car park.