A garden planted to depict the historic Menin Gate will be open to the public on Sunday 6 and 27 July as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The garden belonging to local resident and retired gardener after forty two years at Kew, Harvey Groffman at 57 St Quintin Avenue, W10, St Helen’s ward, is commemorating the outbreak of World War I by creating a floral bedding display that evokes the Menin Gate flanked and fronted with poppies.

The Menin Gate Memorial is the largest of five memorials commemorating the missing of the Ypres Salient and sits astride the road along which many troops passed on their way to the front.

Since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under The Menin Gate every evening at 8pm.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds, said: “There will be many commemorations to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.  I think it is very fitting that Mr Groffman has used the Menin Gate to inspire his planting.”

Admission costs £3 for adults and is free for children.  Viewing at other dates can be arranged by calling Mr. Groffman on 020 8969 8292.

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