ISS landscape team joins forces with service personnel to create Chivenor memorial garden

ISS Facilities Landscaping has worked with British Army and Navy personnel to design and create a planting scheme for a forces' memorial garden at Chivenor.

Archdeacon Ian Wheatley conducts the service of dedication
Archdeacon Ian Wheatley conducts the service of dedication

ISS delivers grounds maintenance to the hard and soft landscape of more than 45,000 military homes for main maintenance contractor CarillionAmey.

ISS’s regional operations manager for the South West, together with two north Devon contract managers, teamed up with the Royal Marines, soldiers from The Royal Logistic Corp and CarillionAmey staff to create a long-lasting planting scheme.

The aim is for this to provide a tranquil and pleasant setting for visitors, as well as honouring service personnel in whose memory the garden was built.

A service of dedication marking the completion of the Tri-Service Memorial Garden Project was held at the Royal Marine Barracks in Chivenor earlier this month.

The service was led by the Archdeacon to the Royal Navy, Ian Wheatley, who blessed and dedicated the garden to those who had lost their lives around the world while stationed at Chivenor.

‘Team Chivenor’ prepared the ground, laid top-soil and established more than 300 types of shrubs, including rhododendrons and camellias. These were chosen for their striking flowers to provide vivid dashes of colour. Variegated Japanese laurel forms an evergreen backdrop to the Portland stone memorial wall - part of the garden’s centrepiece.

ISS Facility Services Landscaping managing director Phil Jones said: "This project and the service of dedication has been an opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation and to recognise the commitment and sacrifice our service men and women make in the line of duty.

"The relationship that ISS has with CarillionAmey is very much a partnership arrangement, not only do we support them and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in their mission to provide safe, welcoming and comfortable environments for our service families to live in, but we also collaborate to improve service neighbourhoods through sustainable community projects, such as the RMB Chivenor Memorial Garden."

CarillionAmey was awarded five-year contracts in central, south west and south east England valued at a total of £358 million in July with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence.

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