Honoured guests praised public services students for a special Remembrance ceremony that also revealed a unique memorial garden.

Young man in a suit and female navy sailor planting a tree in a small bordered plot

The Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Public Services students planned, funded and created a Remembrance Garden at Highbury Campus to mark Armistice Day, which honours those who died in conflict.

The students invited friends, family, members of the Armed Forces and special guests to a Remembrance Service unveiling the garden and included a tree planting ceremony.

Former students Jessica McLenaghan and Jack Thompson, who joined the Royal Navy earlier this year, were chosen to plant a pyracantha tree in the plot, to stand alongside other autumnal shrubs. In the spring, the students will sow seeds to transform the area into a wildflower garden.

Duty Chaplain for Queen Alexandra Hospital Dawn Banting, who helped plant the tree, said: “Remembrance is as important now as ever.  It is especially poignant being here today with the public services students, with many of their staff who have served along with currently serving personnel from uniformed services in the local area. I thank them all for their dedication, hard work and their commitment to their communities and country. It is an honour and a privilege to work with them and to be a part of this important day at the College.”

Public Services Tutor Karen Wood said: “Our students are encouraged to demonstrate commitment to British Values such as respect and democracy, which have been so fiercely defended in past. During the ceremony, they showed an amazing level of discipline. We’re very proud of what they’ve achieved and the superb way they have shown their respect.”

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  • Date 12/11/2019