Media fact sheet

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. It employs 50 staff and has over 200 volunteers.

Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 30,000 maturing trees and over 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country, die in conflict or have a special reason for being remembered.

Visitors from all walks of life number around 300,000 per year, including Service personnel, veterans, students of all ages, groups and individuals.

Over 200 special events are held annually. The Act of Remembrance, including a Silence, is observed daily in the Millennium Chapel.

The Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen in October 2007, is the UK's tribute to over 16,000 men and women who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action since 1948 to the present day.

Names are added annually to the giant Portland stone walls.

The Memorial, of which HRH The Prince of Wales is patron, has been designed to allow a shaft of sunlight to fall across the sculpted wreath on the central stone at precisely 11.00am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

The obelisk, which forms an integral part of the Memorial, is specifically dedicated to those who have died while in Service. It carries the inscription "they died serving their country we will remember them".

Uniquely, the memorial also recognises and acknowledges the courage of family and friends left behind. It also has a valuable role in supporting the bereaved as they manage their loss through different stages in their lives.

The Arboretum welcomes school groups of all ages, with more than 5,000 visiting each year. It's dedicated education resource centre and learning team offers a one stop shop for teachers wanting to arrange stimulating and memorable student visits. 

The continual increase in visitor numbers has led to a significant project to create a world-class centre for Remembrance. It will provide more fitting, higher quality, buildings and infrastructure. The designs are being worked up by award winning Glenn Howells Architects.

  • 'Remembrance Learning Centre' - for lifelong learning, education and interpretation of Remembrance
  • Pavilion - to accommodate many of the 200+ events and conferences that take place every year
  • 'Heroes' Square' - for major set piece events.

The Appeal for the £12m that is required was launched by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Thanks to the generous donations and pledges received to date, the fund is now over half way to its target.

Broadcasters and filmmakers are welcome to use the Arboretum as a filming location. For resourcing and event scheduling reasons please note that permission to film must be sought at least one week in advance. The Arboretum also has archive video footage which can be made available to broadcasters. Please refer to our filming agreement for more information.