A living growing tribute containing more than 25,000 trees
The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 25,000 trees and a large collection of nearly 400 memorials, each with a story waiting to be discovered. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country, all nestled in a woodland landscape.
The National Memorial Arboretum is a British site of national remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield. Created to honour the fallen, recognise service and sacrifice, and foster pride in the British Armed Forces and civilian community it has become a place of pilgrimage, remembrance and quiet contemplation. Planting began in 1997 and the Arboretum was created by a small army of volunteers and an original friends group with the vital support and grants from the Forestry Commission and the National Forest Company. From the start it was seen as a place of joy where the lives of people would be remembered by living trees that would grow and mature in a world at peace. The Polar Bear Memorial was the first actual memorial to be placed at the Arboretum. This tribute to the 49th West Riding Infantry Division was dedicated on 7 June 1998.
The Arboretum is a living growing tribute which contains more than 25,000 trees. All of the native tree species found in the United Kingdom can be found at the Arboretum, including a number of disease-resistant Elms.
The beautiful Millennium Chapel of Peace and Reconciliation is the only place in the UK where a daily act of Remembrance takes place. The Remembrance Centre, a fitting gateway to the Arboretum, tells the story of Remembrance and is now a busy, atmospheric hub for the visitor facilities.
Large car parking areas – ticket machine payments. Entry to the NMA is free of charge, fully accessible with refreshments on site.