Details released for Soldier's Charity Chelsea garden

Soldier's Charity garden
Soldier's Charity garden
Details of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity's first show garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2014, designed by Charlotte Rowe and sponsored by Coutts and Bechtel, and which will mark the centenary of World War One, have been released.   

‘No Man’s Land,’ it is a conceptual representation of the landscape of World War One and "serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and hardships faced by soldiers 100 years ago, while highlighting the work of The Soldiers’ Charity helping those facing challenges and hardships today".

Rowe said: "The aim of the garden is to mark the conflict and to reflect how the landscape of the Western Front, particularly in Northern France and Belgium, though changed forever, has regenerated and ‘healed’.

"This is a metaphor for the effect of war on the human body and spirit and its capacity to recover."

The Soldiers’ Charity chief executive Maj Gen (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge said: "This project offers the opportunity to reflect on the experience of soldiers during World War One, and reminds us of the hardships they endured. The title ‘No Man’s Land’ not only reflects the historic experience but also has resonance today.  

"The idea that soldiers can feel they are in a ‘No Man’s Land’ when they leave the Army is very powerful, especially if they leave as the result of injury or redundancy. We are seeing increasing demand for help with employment and training at the moment, and it is during this transition period we as a Charity are increasingly stepping in to help.
"We are thrilled to be able to build the garden to mark 1914 and to partner with such well respected companies as Coutts and Bechtel."

The Soldiers’ Charity provides financial grants to individuals, and gives grants to specialist charities which support the wider Army family.

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