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Memorial Gardens Association

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“Our friendship club has a gardening problem”

The Memorial Gardens Association (MeGA) were founded in 2018 to protect, enhance and promote Nottingham Memorial Gardens for all those that wish to visit them. Based at Victoria Embankment of the River Trent the group meets weekly to undertake tasks to improve the gardens. The Memorial Gardens were completed in 1927 on land donated by Sir Jesse Boot are to commemorate the dead of World War 1.

Liz at MeGA said “It’s a great way to start the week, being outdoors and doing something physical on a Monday morning gets me ready for the rest of the week.” Upon meeting the group, it is obvious that they have built friendships and the social aspect of the group has been a lifeline for some through the recent lockdowns to be able to interact with others in a safe outdoor setting.

MeGA started with fortnightly volunteering sessions but due to demand have increased to a weekly schedule, of which they are well supported with around 10 volunteers each week, some coming from as far away as Ruddington and Keyworth.

Margje moved to the area as the first lockdown hit in 2020 “It’s been a great way to get to know my neighbours and the community as well as being a really good place to learn gardening skills and techniques, I have put lots of what I have learnt into practice in my own garden”. 

Not only do the group help maintain the memorial gardens but are involved in applications for funding to help with improvements to the area. In Spring 2021, the group applied for Nottingham City Council’s Green Groups Fund and was awarded £100 to purchase hand tools and well-deserved refreshments for the group.

Emma Taylor, Greenspace Development Officer at Nottingham City Council says “The group have a great community spirit and are really friendly and knowledgeable. Because of MeGA the gardens are in a much better state than they have been for many years and can be enjoyed by the community.”

If you want to find out more or get involved you can visit the group on Monday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am on site, keep an eye out for their distinctive purple vests!

If you want to learn more or get involved with MeGA, please visit



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