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Although its official description as ‘the UK's year-round centre of remembrance’ perhaps encourages comparisons with a cemetery, the National Memorial Arboretum is actually a joyous place to visit and spend time. Planting at the site began in 1997, and there are now some 30,000 trees - as well as more than 300 memorials - around which to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful wander.
Contrary to what many people think, the Arboretum isn’t solely focused on the military. There’s also a large area devoted to police who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas dedicated to the fire & rescue and ambulance services.
At the time of publication, the Arboretum has reopened for pre-booked visitors only.
National Memorial Arboretum,
Telephone: 01283 245 100