1. How does the Commission maintain high horticultural standards?


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    With thousands of cemeteries and memorials around the world, the Commission deals with a huge variety of horticultural challenges. On-the-job training is a vital part in ensuring our gardeners have all the skills they need to tackle tasks both big and small. At a recent training session at the Commission's Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England, staff discussed gardening topics with horticultural experts and learned about important health and safety legislation from some of the Commission's own managers.

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    • Polygon Wood


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      Buttes New British Cemetery, NZ Memorial to the Missing and Australian Memorial First World War 1914 - 2014 Shot in may Started out as a quick gear test for an upcoming trip. Shot on the BMCC Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM DO IS Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM

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      • Memories & Memorials


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        Memories from several visits to Belgium and Northern France. Mainly WW1 but the Monument to the Resistance from WW2. All well worth a visit! A piece of music by John Williams which is a good theme for the images. Played by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

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        • Stolen bronze panels replaced - November 09


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          The memory of over 50 fallen soldiers will be once again be honoured on Remembrance Day, following the replacement of six bronze panels, which were stolen last year. The plaques were taken last November from Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester, but at a special re-dedication ceremony at the weekend, the panels were unveiled in a service led by the Bishop of Middleton, the Rt Rev Mark Davies. The new plaques are exact copies of those which were taken, and honour soldiers from the Manchester Regiment, Lancashire Fusiliers and Cheshire Regiment, who died in both the First and Second World Wars.

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          • War Graves Commission youth ambassador - July 2009


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            Jen Waller attends Cardigan Secondary School in Wales, and recently spent some time on work experience with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She’s dedicated herself to the task of bringing the work of the CWGC to a wider audience in the schools of her homeland. Her blog, which can be seen in the "Learning Zone" at www.cwgc.org is thought-provoking and inspirational for young people everywhere. In this video, she tells us why it's so important to continue to remember The Fallen.

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            • Latest on the Commission's climate change strategy


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              As a responsible and pro-active organisation with horticultural commitments in 150 countries, climate change is a challenge which the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a duty to address. In northern Europe, where our gardeners have noted a trend for hotter, drier summers and very wet winters, the Commission has been conducting climate change demonstrations at four of its cemeteries to see how it can continue to provide horticultural excellence in the face of often challenging conditions. These have taken the form of comparing various types of grass seed mixes, using artificial grass mixes and demonstrating dry-site techniques, where turf and traditional flowers are removed and replaced with plants and materials more commonly seen in desert cemeteries. This video is the second produced by the Commission on the subject of climate change. The demonstrations will run for another four years and the Commission will continue to monitor and update the public on the outcomes.

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                BOLSENA WWII BRITISH COMMONWEALTH MEMORIAL / BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY. Cimitero militare inglese di Bolsena, provincia di Viterbo, Lazio, Italia. Il cimitero di guerra di Bolsena raccoglie 600 Caduti, inclusi 3 militari jugoslavi. Questa località fu scelta nel novembre 1944 ed accomuna Caduti delle aree di Orvieto, Bolsena e dell’isola d’Elba. Quasi un terzo sono sudafricani appartenenti alla VI Divisione Corazzata Sudafricana. Il cimitero sorge nell’area in cui era stato insediato il Quartier Generale avanzato del generale Harold Alexander dopo la Liberazione di Roma. Per indicazione degli Alleati nessuno dei cimiteri di guerra è volutamente un cimitero del campo di battaglia, ma ciascuno raggruppa le tombe dei caduti in zone più ampie, dopo che i combattimenti si erano allontanati. Il 3 settembre 1943 le Forze Alleate avevano iniziato la liberazione della penisola italiana, in coincidenza con l'armistizio firmato dagli italiani. L'avanzata degli Alleati fu bloccata durante i due successivi inverni: nel 1943 lungo la linea difensiva tedesca Gustav e nel 1944 sulla linea Gotica. All'inizio dell’aprile 1945 gli Alleati lanciarono l'offensiva finale contro le ultime resistenze tedesche in via di dissolvimento e si fecero strada rapidamente nella pianura padana.

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                • CWGC Virtual Cemetery


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                  The CWGC is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new education resource to help teachers engage students in the Centenary of the First World War. Virtual Cemetery at www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org is an online, interactive tool for the classroom, and is packed with thought-provoking activities and lesson plans for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils studying Citizenship, History and Religious Studies. Designed for use on an interactive whiteboard, the resource is also accessible through PCs and laptops.

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                  • Prowse Point cemetery (1914-1918) - Ploegsteert (Belgium)


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                    One of the most beautiful CWGC cemeteries in the Ypres Salient (Flanders - Belgium). Also on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9qfq3rozaM (Camera: Canon XF100) Location Information: Prowse Point Military Cemetery is located 11.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. 2 Kms after Mesen lies the left hand turning onto Rue St.Yvon. The cemetery is located 600 metres along this road on the right hand side. Historical Information: This cemetery is unique on the Salient for being named after an individual. It is the site of the stand by the 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment and the 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry in October 1914, which featured the heroism of a Major Charles Prowse - later as Brigadier-General C.B. Prowse, DSO (Somerset Light Infantry), he would be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, whilst commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade (he is buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery). The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 1st Royal Warwicks, and was used from November 1914 to April 1918. It contains 225 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw. http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/51303/PROWSE%20POINT%20MILITARY%20CEMETERY

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                    • Relevance of the CWGC


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                      "The Relevance of the CWGC" is part of the CWGC's new and exciting Virtual Cemetery educational resource that will introduce children to the relevance to our war graves and memorials. Visit www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org to learn more about this new resource.

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