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National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 7AR
As part of a new £15.7 million development of a remembrance centre at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, Marshalls was approached to supply a traditional looking hard landscaping solution. Situated on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance, with a maturing woodland landscape that is home to over 330 memorials.
A £12 million appeal was launched in 2009 by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, the Patron, to rebuild the visitor centre so that those visiting the Arboretum would be able to enjoy outstanding facilities.
In the middle of this stunning new development, a courtyard called Heroes’ Square was proposed. To help fund the project, an appeal offered a limited number of paving stones that would be intricately inscribed with cap badges or crests of the Royal Navy, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and City Livery Companies.
The new building’s Portland limestone façade suggested a natural collaboration with Marshalls’ Scoutmoor Natural Stone paving, a combination used throughout the streets of London.
Scoutmoor Yorkstone is exceptionally hardwearing and has beautiful natural colour variation. The blue grey and brown hues of the stone integrated well with the surrounding landscape, and perfectly coordinated with the larch timber used in the building’s structure.
Click and drag on the video below to take a 360° look around the National Memorial Arboretum.