Last week I went for a drive through the New Forest, looking out for some new spots to investigate with Kitty and Ozzy this half term week. Just past Bolderwood en route to Fritham Wood I spotted a memorial at the side of the road, Canadian flags, crosses. Intrigued, I pulled over in the gravel car park and got out to take a look.
This Canadian Memorial commemorates the Canadian World War 2 soldiers stationed in the New Forest before the D-Day invasion in 1944. Soldiers would meet here for church services in the run up to D-Day, hence the location.
The following notice is pinned up at the memorial, heart-warming to know that the Forestry Commission is concerned and being pro-active with the maintenance and future planning if the site.
Can you help?
We would like to make contact with those who have looked after this memorial over the years. The Forestry Commission has only replaced flagpoles, the cross and fencing, but it is obvious there is more personal interest here than just that.
There may be opportunities to improve the interpresentation of this site and ensure it's maintenance for the foreseeable future.
If you have a personal interest in this site we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Rangers by leaving a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the number: 0300 0645 001
We look forward to hearing from you.
The following poem is displayed at the memorial:
D Day Sixty Years On
If you would like to join in this week, the We Love Forests linky runs every Monday for a week. Simply join in as an when with anything forest-based, a day out, a walk, photographs, craft, activity and so on.