22 April 2014
Turf grown by INTURF™ of York has been transported to the Somme as part of a major landscaping project at the Australian Memorial at Villers Bretonneux, around 10 miles east of Amiens, which commemorates the 10,762 fallen of that nation who took part in the fighting in France and Belgium during World War One, and especially those who have no known grave. The project was completed in time for the ceremonies which took place on Anzac Day on the 25th April when Australians and New Zealanders around the world remembered the fallen of all conflicts.
“We’re very proud of our connection with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,” says Alex Edwards, INTURF™ Joint Managing Director. “The turf supplied was from our main production, the grade selected being hard-wearing enough to cope with the numbers of visitors the memorial attracts but at the same time aesthetically pleasing in keeping with the wonderful atmosphere created by the staff of the Commission whose work is respected the world over. There are technical issues associated with supplying turf at such distance so the 4500 square metres were delivered in refrigerated lorries to ensure that it was field-fresh when it reached the site.”
“For this exceptionally large turfing project we were keen to make use of the big roll option to complete this task as efficiently as possible with a high quality finish,” says Julian Blake Horticultural Supervisor, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. “Our staff were very pleased with how easy to handle these rolls were and this has helped us to meet this very special deadline. The staff at INTURF™ gave a professional support from order to delivery and the whole team are proud of the finished result.”