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Parks are protected in honour of WWI fallen.

TWO Welsh parks in will be protected forever to honour the millions of people who lost their lives in in the First World War.

Alexandra Gardens and Grange Gardens in Cardiff will become Centenary Fields as part of a UK-wide initiative to protect green spaces containing war memorials that have significance to the 1914 to 1918 war.

Cardiff council has agreed to enter a legal agreement to protect Alexandra Gardens, which is home to the Welsh National War Memorial, and Grange Gardens, the site of the Grangetown War Heroes Memorial.

The agreement will mean any future development on the two parks would have to be granted by Fields In Trust, the charitable body which is running the Centenary Fields project along with the British Legion. Cardiff council's cabinet approved the legal agreement on April 18 following a public consultation. A number of the city's parks are already protected by Fields in Trust, including Roath Recreation Ground, Moorland Park in Splott, Pontcanna Fields and Llanishen Park.

The National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens was unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 1928 and commemorates those servicemen who lost their lives in the First World War, it also contains a commemorative plaque for those who lost their lives in World War Two.

The Grangetown War Heroes Memorial in Grange Gardens was unveiled on July 7 1921.

Commissioned at a cost of PS1,000, it contains the names of local residents who died during the First World War, as well as the names of the members of the committee established to raise funds for its installation.


<B A service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in Alexandra Gardens in July 2016 Matthew Horwood

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 19, 2019
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