Funding approved for memorial garden

COMMANDO MEMORIAL GARDEN Photograph: Iain Ferguson, NO-F32-Commando-Memorial-Garden-scaled.jpg
Commando Memorial Garden. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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On Monday, August 9, Lochaber Area Committee Members agreed to allocate up to £65,000 from the Commando Memorial Garden Fund to extend and improve the garden.

Chairman of Communities and Place Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson told the committee that the extension to the garden and the walled area would offer greater protection from the weather and improve the setting for the tributes to be laid.

He added: ‘The Highland Council amenities staff take pride in maintaining the whole area to a very high standard and works to the Memorial Garden will be carried out sympathetically with respect to its setting and purpose.’

‘The funding allocated from the Commando Memorial Garden Fund won’t support the full costs of this phase of works, however it will go some way and partners will work together to identify match-funding.

‘The fund is precisely for improvements and the generous public donations are a strong indicator of the support and importance of the Commando Memorial to the public.’

Before work commences, all tributes will be photographed in situ, carefully removed to another part of the site and then laid again once works are complete.  It is hoped that a second phase will encompass cleaning of the memorial itself and works to the base and paved surrounds.

Members noted and agreed to the following:

• Note the proposed works to the site which have been agreed with the Commando Association and the Royal Marines Association.
• Agree to allocate up to £65,000 from the Commando Memorial Garden Fund
• Note the intention to carry out further works to the memorial which will be the subject of a future report.

The works were tendered in June with returns being received in late-July. The total project cost for this phase of the project is £95,972. As this is more than is available in the Memorial Garden Trust Fund, partners will work together to identify match-funding. No contract will be awarded until full funding is in place.

The whole area is managed under a tripartite agreement between the Commando Association, Royal Marines Association and Highland Council which sets out the guidelines for how the site should be managed and maintained. All grounds maintenance is carried out by Highland Council.