Nature has an incredible ability to beautify what man destroys, and it stands the test of time, nowhere is this more evident than in battlefields of the Somme.
The garden is designed to evolve over time; by taking the visitor back to zero hour straight after the battle but this time the remains of war are inverted. The craters that brought the chalk to the surface are now mounds of the same material that will gradually become covered with organic matter allowing plants to colonise , the trenches are vertical and over time a hedge will grow up and create an invitation but a disorientation at the same time. A circle in the middle offers a clearing in the woodland for groups to gather or just to reflect, it is like a clock face that has 11 blue posts parking the hour of the armistice. The materials used in the garden are all the materials that the soldiers would have used at the time of the first world war.