Donation blossoms memorial park plans

Date: Thursday 07 May 2015

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We gave a cash donation of £500 to the Pogmoor Area Resident’s Association to help fund a brand new sensory garden at Pogmoor Park in Barnsley.

The garden is located on the site where a Whitley bomber aircraft crashed in 1942 and will be a memorial park for the pilot, Sergeant Hollingworth and navigator, Sergeant Buchanan.

Marlene Crossland, from Pogmoor Area Resident’s Association, comments: “We are extremely grateful for the kind donation from Taylor Wimpey, which will help us to put our plans for the park into action.

“The sensory garden will not only serve as a beautiful spot for nearby residents to enjoy, but also as a memorial site for the brave airmen that paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during World War II.”

With five raised flowerbeds dedicated to the bombers and their crew of five men, the sensory garden will appeal to all five senses; sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, and will offer a public seating area.

Anne Bagshaw, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, says: “When we heard about the plans to create a memorial garden, we jumped at the chance to get involved and offer a helping hand.

“The new garden at Pogmoor Park will mark the bravery of these heroic men and Barnsley’s history, which existing and future generations can use to learn about and reflect on. We’re really excited to see the park when it’s complete!”

Pupils from Horizon Community College, Barnsley MBC, Royal British Legion and North Area Council have all assisted Pogmoor Area Resident’s Association in carrying out work for the garden.

Marlene concludes: “With Taylor Wimpey’s Kingstone Grange development located right by the park and where the aircraft fell, we’re proud to have their support on-board and we can’t wait to reveal the garden to the community!”

Kingstone Grange currently features a range of three and four-bedroom homes.