The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day. We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.
Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial. The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
Memorials that currently feature at the Arboretum include those to:
Whilst we welcome a wide range of applications, only those that can clearly demonstrate service and sacrifice for others will be forwarded to our Landscape and Memorials Committee for approval. The Committee meets quarterly.
Memorials can take the form of built memorials, works of art, natural landscapes or infrastructure projects.
Memorial applications must be completed on the official application form. Applications must comprise an outline of the nature of the service and sacrifice of those to be remembered, and scaled drawings of the proposed design which include the detail of any materials, accompanying interpretation and if possible an artist’s image of the memorial. We welcome designs featuring detail, symbolism and imaginative planting schemes, but we can no longer accept memorials featuring named individuals.
The Arboretum does not fund memorials and therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to raise funds for both the creation and maintenance of their memorial. An initial application fee of £1,000 is applicable.
Maintenance costs can be significant but vary greatly, they depend on the materials used in the memorial and the complexity of the design.
For initial fundraising purposes, we recommend you assume around 30% to 50% of the initial manufacture and installation of the memorial, The Arboretum team will work with the applicant, artist and constructor pre application to assist determining an accurate maintenance cost.
If you believe your memorial would meet the criteria, as outlined in our Memorial Application Policy and you are in a position to progress to the next stage of an application please contact Lindsey Smith, Support Services Administrator, Lsmith@thenma.org.uk to organise a pre-application meeting. We recommend that you review all of the useful documents listed below prior to submitting an inquiry to the Arboretum.