War memorial bench takes pride of place in Braintree

Memorial bench unveiled at Marshalls Park in Braintree

A special memorial bench has been installed in the grounds of Marshall’s Park, Braintree to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The beautiful wooden bench, which features a field of poppies, was designed by Dan Cordell who also produced the otter sculpture, conker, seeds and leaves bench also situated in the nature reserve.

The British Legion, Councillors, Friends of Hoppit Mead Local Nature Reserve volunteers and members of the community came together today (Saturday 4th November) to unveil the bench which the public can use to sit and enjoy the natural environment.

Braintree District Council officers and local volunteers also planted a circle of five lime trees to mark a ‘circle of healing’, each tree representing Remembrance, Renewal, Reflection, Respect and Resilience to commemorate the Centenary of World War One and following the selection of Marshalls Park as a Centenary Field, by the Fields in Trust in 2015.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place, said: “The new bench will enable residents to sit and enjoy the natural environment, as well as a moment of peace and reflection for people to remember and commemorate those who gave their lives in both World Wars. I’m sure this will become a much-loved feature of the park by the whole community.”

Father Tim Barnes, Chaplain for Braintree and Bocking British Legion said: “As chaplain to the Braintree and Bocking Branch of the Royal British Legion and on behalf of all our local Churches, I am pleased to be involved in the dedication of this lovely bench and Circle of Healing. We remember the sacrifices made one hundred years ago and honour all who lost their lives in the service of our country and in the cause of peace.”