29 April 2002 The British Memorial Garden Project, spear
headed by St. Georges board member Camilla Hellman and British
Consulate-General in New York, was announced open at Hanover
Square, New York City, by HRH The Princess Royal.
The New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian
Benepe was presented by Her Royal Highness with a box of
seeds from plants at Hampton Court Palace in England.
The Princess Royal spoke about the strong bonds between
the UK and New York and that the Garden would memorialise
British soldiers who died alongside their American comrades
in major conflicts including the most recent conflict in
Iraq; and commemorate the more than 60 British nationals
and 20 others killed in the attacks on September 11.
After her speech, the Princess Royal went on to meet a number
of guests and receive a painting on vellum by Jessica Tcherepnine,
a New York-based British artist, on behalf of the Friends
of the British Memorial Garden.
In late January 2003, a number of British landscape artists
were asked to submit designs for the garden, of which a short
list was selected. Two of these were selected and eventually
the Bannerman plan was selected. The project is due for completion
in June 2004.
For further details about the British Memorial Garden Project
and the Bannerman plan, click
Read press releases about the Garden here
Visit the Hanover Square Garden online at www.britishmemorialgarden.org