Renovating a Spitfire Pilot's Memorial Garden

by Tanya Alford in Paignton, England, United Kingdom

Renovating  a Spitfire Pilot's Memorial Garden


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by June 5th 2019 at 9:58pm

Tribute to a War Time Fighter Pilot - help me raise money to restore a WW2 Spitfire pilot's memorial flower bed in Paignton for D Day.

by Tanya Alford in Paignton, England, United Kingdom


On a recent walk through Goodrington and up onto Roundham Head in Paignton, I came across a flower bed that looked in pretty poor condition.  It had a plaque next to it and when I read it I realised that the flower bed was a tribute to a WW2 Spitfire Pilot who vowed to move to Torbay if he survived the war because he loved what he had seen from his cockpit as he flew missions.  His name was Flt Lt Deniston.  He did survive and he moved to Torbay.  When I read this story I was ashamed that the flower bed had fallen into such a state and was so unloved and forgotten. This year is the 75th anniversary of D Day and  I decided that  it would be a fitting tribute to restore the flower bed to its former glory.  

I went onto social media and told people about the flower bed.  Many people came forward to offer support and help with ideas and will help with digging and planting. Some-one has already been out and weeded and re-edged the bed. However we need plants to replace the ones that have died or are dying and we need bark mulch to suppress weeds and finish it off nicely. I would also like to purchase a wreath to lay at the garden from the Royal British legion.

I want to have this bed restored by 6th June - the 75th anniversary of D day and the local Royal British Legion will hold a remembrance service on that day and lay a wreath. 

Please help me and the other volunteers restore this garden and show our respect and gratitude for our service men and women's bravery, service and sacrifice.

Let's make 'Renovating a Spitfire Pilot's Memorial Garden' happen

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