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Briggs welcomes plans for Wilfred Owen Garden of Remembrance in Craiglockhart.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, has tabled a Parliamentary motion welcoming plans for a Wilfred Owen Garden of Remembrance in Craiglockhart at the site of the former War Hospital- now part of Napier University. The garden’s design will be unveiled this Friday at Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Wilfred Owen’s link to Craiglockhart, where he was treated at the War Hospital in 1917, is well known and very important as it was there he composed some of the most famous war poetry of World War One which is still studied and admired in many schools to this day.

“ I pay tribute to all involved on this joint initiative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the Wilfred Owen Association and the veterans’ charity, Glen Art.

“ The One Hundred Years of Remembrance Garden is a fitting tribute to Wilfred Own and his legacy and I am sure will be visited by many people who want to pay respects to the fallen of the First World War more generally.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion which has already attracted cross party support.

* For any further information, please call Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-05878
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 30/05/2017

Title: Wilfred Owen Garden of Remembrance in Craiglockhart

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that a garden of remembrance is to be created in Craiglockhart, Edinburgh in memory of the poet, Wilfred Owen; is aware that the One Hundred Years of Remembrance Garden, the design for which will be unveiled on 2 June 2017 at Gardening Scotland, will be constructed in the grounds of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital, where Wilfred Owen was treated in 1917 and which is now part of Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus; understands that it is a joint initiative by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the Wilfred Owen Association and the veterans’ charity, Glen Art, and that the garden has been designed by Robert Ross from the CWGC and will feature a specially commissioned bust of Owen by the sculptor, Anthony Padgett; is aware that Wilfred Owen composed some of his most famous and memorable poems during his stay at Craiglockhart; congratulates all those involved in developing the plans for the One Hundred Years of Remembrance Garden, and considers that it will provide a fitting tribute to the poet, a place for contemplation and a tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Miles Briggs