19th December 2016 saw the unveiling ceremony of a commemorative bench commissioned by Kew Gardens to mark the centenary of the end of the “Battle of Verdun”.
The bench has been crafted by Gaze Burvill with timber from a specimen of Quercus petraea which was struck and felled during “St Jude’s storm” in 2013.
This tree was planted at Kew in 1919, from an acorn picked up after the Battle of Verdun, in remembrance of Kew staff who died during the Great War, and all soldiers from the different nationalities who fought in this dreadful battle and “the Great War”.
The Ceremony took place on the 19th December 2016 by the Palm House pond near the Cumberland Mound.
Just before I saw the absence of the Verdun Oak at Kew Gardens I had read this article by blogger Lucy at http://www.familyaffairsandothermatters.com/verdun-oak-kew-gardens-an-armistice-day-story/
Sadly, although invited, I could not attend the Ceremony but I will look out for this bench on my next visit to Kew Gardens.
Blog posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo / World War Zoo Gardens Project, December 2016.