Scottish War Blinded members begin work on World War One commemorative garden for Gardening Scotland event

Posted: 02/02/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members have begun preparations at the Linburn Centre to produce a World War One commemorative garden for Gardening Scotland, Scotland’s largest gardening festival, in June.

Members have been busy in the workshop, art room and greenhouse preparing various components for the garden, titled ‘Silhouettes in the Fog and Guiding Lights’, which will replicate a World War One trench scene from the Western Front in 1915.

So far, members have produced ceramic poppies in the art room, wicker wood sheeting in the workshop and preparations have been made in the Linburn greenhouse for the wide range of herbaceous, ferns and grass plants required.

A smoke machine will be installed to simulate the infamous gas attacks first launched by the German Imperial Army across the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915 which contributed to 188,000 Allied casualties during World War One.

The garden will utilise contrasts in colour as a means to represent the journey made by the surviving blinded soldiers from the Western Front to safer environments of home and support from Scottish War Blinded who were founded in 1915.

Scottish War Blinded member Thomas Marshall has enjoyed participating in gardening activities for over four years at the Linburn Centre and is looking forward to the months ahead.

Thomas said:

“Preparations are going really well and it’s certainly an exciting project for many members at the Linburn Centre. Having visited the Gardening Scotland event last year, I’m sure it will be a great experience for everyone involved.”

The Gardening Scotland event will take place from 3-5 June 2016 at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston which will provide a wonderful kaleidoscope of colour, scent and theme.

Show Manager for Gardening Scotland Jim Jermyn said:

“We, at Gardening Scotland, are delighted to be welcoming Scottish War Blinded to this year’s event. The proposed World War One Show Garden will have the evocative theme, ‘Silhouettes in the Fog and Guiding Lights’. A prominent position will be given to this garden, with many exciting elements having been produced by visually impaired veterans who attend the charity’s Linburn Centre in West Lothian. Strong planting will be supported by locally renowned nurseryman Binny Plants and the whole project will be eagerly awaited by the Show’s prospective 35,000 visitors.”

Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans of the armed forces who have a visual impairment sustained either in conflict or subsequently to their service. We support ex-service men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, including Reserves, Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps and National Service.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Scottish War Blinded’s activities, call us free today on 0800 035 6409 or visit