Flodden garden fears to be sent to council planners

The Easter Bunny was on hand to dish out sweets to children at the Flodden 500 coffee morning.
The Easter Bunny was on hand to dish out sweets to children at the Flodden 500 coffee morning.

Community councillors are unhappy with the Flodden 500 committee’s plans for a memorial garden in the grounds of the Victoria Hall.

The proposals are with Scottish Borders Council for a decision.

But anxious Flodden 500 fundraisers are desperate to have it in place for an official opening on September 7 – two days ahead of the battle’s anniversary.

The community council has agreed not to object to the garden proposals.

But they are telling planners they are unhappy with the design and the proposed materials.

Flodden 500 wants to use around 120 square yards of the hall gardens.

Some community councillors, however, believe an opportunity is being missed in not using more or all of the grounds.

Meanwhile, more events to commemorate the anniversary were confirmed this week.

They include a tartan featuring white, Tudor green, golden yellow and red, representing the main colours of both the Scottish and English armies.

Others include five books, two beers, a Rose & Thistle ice cream, a marmalade, oatcakes, an opera, and a historian-led guided walk, timed to the battle’s day and hour.

Project co-ordinator Alistair Bowden explained: “This is about commemoration and we take our cue from the plaque on the cross which stands guard over the battlefield today, placed there in 1910 – ‘To the Brave of Both Nations’. It was an event which shaped our country, and is as much about where we are today as remembering the past.”

On the night of the planned garden opening there will also be a concert.