The Verdun Bench

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Reference WMO/261732


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Seat
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Unveiled November 2018 to mark WWI centenary. Bench made 2017 from a 'Verdun Oak' planted at Kew in 1919 from an acorn collected after the Battle of Verdun in France, one of the longest fought battles of the First World War. The tree was struck during a severe storm in October 2013 and repurposed into this bench. Designed and created by Tony Kirkham, Richard Barley, Gaze Burvill, Geoff Taylor, Helmdon Sawmills, FD Metalwork and Kate Hanrahan.
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