National Memorial Arboretum

We visited the the National Arboretum, near Alrewas, on 23 September 2021.

The Arboretum was the idea of Commander David Childs CBE who believed a year-round national centre of Remembrance was needed in the UK. It is part of The Royal British Legion, but operates with a separate Board of Trustees and has independent charity status.

The site is based in Alrewas Staffordshire, bordered by the Rivers Trent and Tame.

National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

The Arboretum provides a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country and is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 25,000 trees and a large collection of nearly 400 memorials covering a 150-acre site. Planting began in 1997 and was created by volunteers with support and grants from the Forestry Commission and the National Forest Company. It was officially opened to the public in May 2001.

Car parking is available next to the Remembrance Centre. There is a £4 parking charge for all cars and pre-booking on-line in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

On the path by the river

RAF 47 Squadron Memorial

Pegasus Bridge Memorial flight

Police Memorial

The National Memorial Arboretum website is at