From Chelsea to Normandy: Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme supports D-Day legacy garden

May 23, 2019

D-Day 75 gardens installed at Chelsea

D-day revisited has become one of the latest organisations to receive funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme, using their funding to create a national tribute and legacy to the veterans of Normandy and the D-Day landings.

A grant of £20,000 was awarded to support this extraordinarily poignant garden – and its move to Normandy. 

The D-Day 75 Garden is a national tribute and lasting legacy to our Normandy veterans on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Introduced at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Garden will then be gifted by the veterans to a community in Normandy on 6 June 2019.

A metal sculpture of a soldier emerging from the waves on the beaches of Normandy
A soldier emerges from the waves on the beaches of Normandy

This stunning, visual project celebrates the lives of Normandy veterans and the garden itself has been designed by multi RHS gold medal award-winning designer John Everiss.

“We’ve had an incredible response to the ‘D-Day 75 garden’ so far… we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback from visitors.”

Victoria Phipps, D-Day Revisited

The D-Day 75 garden has brought together veterans and their families, serving members of the Armed Forces and civilians to help raise awareness of the D-Day story and encourage both community and inter-generational integration.

Funding available

The Local Grants Programme seeks to support a range of projects with grants of up to £20,000 for projects that provide community integration and local delivery of services. Money is also available through our other funding programmes to refurbish veteran’s community centres, run activities for veterans or support Armed Forces Families.