In April 2016 a councillor got in touch with the national organisation 'Fields in Trust' with a view to protecting Snoxhall Fields in perpetuity. The idea soon gathered momentum with the backing of the full council. By July of that year 'Fields in Trust' had outlined their national campaign to dedicate a green space to commemorate the hundred years since the signing of the Armistice on November 11th 1918.
Cranleigh's Civic Decency
We had a used and uncared-for space that was just the right size, so we came up with the idea for a garden which members of the public could all enjoy. A garden to commemorate the 415 lives lost in conflict over the last 100 years. Lives - both military and civilian - from Cranleigh and from the surrounding villages of Alfold, Blackheath, Dunsfold, Ewhurst, Shamley Green and Wonersh. It is a garden to commemorate the experience of conflict, both at home and at 'The Front'.
A business plan was devised that created a management group of gardeners, garden designers, historians and others passionate about Cranleigh. Right from the beginning it was decided that although the Parish Council owned the land it had no resources to fund such an ambitious project so volunteers were found and donations were sought.
The response was amazing.
See Diary of Build pages.