Helmsley Walled Garden hopes to erect plaque to gardeners who served in First World War

Grace Belton who is trying to trace the WWI gardeners who worked t the walled garden before the First World War, watched by head gardener Mike I'Anson.

Grace Belton who is trying to trace the WWI gardeners who worked t the walled garden before the First World War, watched by head gardener Mike I'Anson.

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AN APPEAL has been made to help trace the names of the original gardeners who were employed by the Duncombe Park estate prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

Helmsley Walled Garden is aiming to put up a plaque to remember the men and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Mike I'Anson, Helmsley Walled Garden Manager and Grace Belton, wife of the chairman, are hoping the readers of the Gazette & Herald can help with the names after the original records were destroyed.

Mrs Belton said: "All the gardeners joined up, 19 in total, but records have been lost and we have come up against constant dead ends.

"This year is the Garden's 20th anniversary since it opened after being reclaimed from a wasteland of weeds and we would like to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One with a plaque naming the gardeners, most of whom died, and plant a garden of remembrance."

If anyone knows of a relative who was one of the gardeners they should contact Mrs Belton on 01439 788041, Helmsley Walled Garden on 01439 771427 or email info@helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

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