Commemoration and Garden redevelopment

Australian and New Zealand aircrew who were stationed in and around Harrogate and lost their lives during the Second World War are remembered at ANZAC Day which is on the 25th of April each year.

For 2023, the commemoration in Harrogate will be on Sunday 23rd April 2023 at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Stonefall in Harrogate.

Also, in Valley Gardens, the New Zealand Garden which was first opened in 1954 is being redeveloped and will be formally re-opened on 22nd April 2023.

New features will include a sculpture commissioned for Yorkshire sculptor, Jennifer Tetlow, with the majority funded by a generous private donation, and the balance kindly funded by North Yorkshire County Council. Also a new oak bench has been donated by Wellington City Council, and this is being crafted locally by Richard Taylor of Joblings, West Tanfield in North Yorkshire.

The redevelopment of the Garden is supported by other generous private donations, and contributions made by both The Friends of Valley Gardens and Harrogate International Partnerships (HIP) in support of the Garden’s management by Harrogate Borough Council.

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