Details of Jellicoe-designed Kennedy Memorial unearthed during landscape research

The Kennedy Memorial is part of the landscape to be discovered at Runnymede
The Kennedy Memorial is part of the landscape to be discovered at Runnymede

Previously unknown details of the creation of the Geoffrey Jellicoe-designed Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede have been unearthed as part of a research project.

The project is the second phase of a £6,600 HLF-funded programme to open up the Runnymede landscape to visitors. The first phase, almost complete, took school children on tours to help them reconnect with the landscape.

The next phase involves creating visitor rucksacks which include archive materials and activities to be used by schools and other visitors to help them make the most of Runnymede, in Surrey.

Helen Neve of the Landscape Design Trust which runs the project said: "The research for the rucksack materials has uncovered much more than we expected and we are now creating a whole new archive of material which nobody has put together before."

Jellicoe designed the 1.2ha site to have a natural look with a woodland edge and was inspired by Japanese contemplation gardens. It is the most frequently requested project in the Landscape Institute archive but up until now very little was known about it.

John F Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago next month.

The memorial opened in 1965 and was built after then Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home ordered it created. Jellicoe remained a consultant on the site until the 1980s.

A World War Two RAF memorial for airmen who have no grave and the island where the Magna Carta was signed are also at Runnymede.

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