Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, now available for all to enjoy.

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The Rt. Hon. Earl Howe is Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and former Minister of Defence. Earl Howe has said "The Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden is an inspired concept, brought to life by a brilliant, award-winning designer. As well as being an amenity for the residents of Woolwich, it will provide a space for all visitors to reflect upon the enormous contribution made by those from the Commonwealth and Nepali backgrounds in the cause of freedom."

Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS was born in Kashmir, India and has been a staunch supporter of campaigns championing Gurkhas. Joanna has said "The Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden is going to be a place of quietness and remembrance, a place of rustling leaves and comforting sun and shade, it will be a place to have pride, to feel sorrow being washed away, a place to think and be grateful for all those who came from faraway homes to fight for our country and for freedom from tyranny. I love it already."

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners - whose Charter was granted in 1605 - have written that the Company Court has agreed to "give its whole-hearted support to endorsing your project - The Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden...and we wish you all success with it."

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, is both an evocative ruin and a contemporary space. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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