A COMMEMORATION garden built to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War is set to open at Oakdale Library.
Thanks to a project by volunteering programme Community Service Volunteers the garden has been transformed with poppies, a planter and a plaque dedicated to the memory of the fallen.
It will be opened on Saturday, July 26. Poole mayor Councillor Peter Adams will lay a wreath with attending veterans and Chelsea Pensioners at 10am.
Two children, who recently won a CSV library competition, will then each plant a poppy while Parkstone Air Cadets perform a ceremonial guard in remembrance.
Senior volunteer Denise Hoy said the idea for the garden emerged at a meeting of Twigs Garden Club which she runs for over-55s.
She said: “Everyone was very passionate that we should do something to honour the 100-year anniversary of WW1 so the idea of a garden was born.
“I spoke with Oakdale Library and thanks to the help of Creekmoor Women’s Institute, library volunteers and a lot of hard work the garden has become a reality. It’s great to see the whole community rally together and we will all be able to share the garden and remember our brave servicemen.”
The day will also include some WWI nostalgia with period dress, classic cars and military vehicles.
In addition, a special WWI recipe book will be on sale with wartime recipes, with proceeds donated to the Chelsea Hospital and the Royal British Legion.