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|Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:11 pm Post subject: Dechmont Centenary Park
|The Daily Record 5 March 2017- Those who died during the First World War will be remembered at a West Lothian park.
Dechmont Park, near Livingston, lies close to the site of Bangour Village Hospital which treated injured soldiers during the war. It was chosen as West Lothian’s Centenary Field by West Lothian Council, Fields in Trust and Poppyscotland.
Executive Councillor for the Environment Tom Conn unveiled a special plaque at the park to mark its designation as a memorial space.
He said: “Dechmont Park is an ideal location to be recognised as a Centenary Field as it is situated so close to the site of Bangour Hospital which treated and supported injured soldiers during World War One.
“The designation of the park as a Centenary Field provides a green space legacy for future generations to commemorate the sacrifice made by so many.”
The Centenary Fields programme was launched in 2014 by Fields in Trust president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, as part of a national initiative to protect green space and honour the millions of people who lost their lives during the First World War. Fields in Trust work to raise funds to provide improvement grants to sites protected as part of the Centenary Fields Programme.
Brian Samson, chair of Fields in Trust Scotland, said: “We are delighted that West Lothian Council has shown how much they value this green space by protecting it forever with Fields in Trust.
“Dechmont Park is an excellent illustration of how the Centenary Fields programme can mark the sacrifices made by so many in World War I whilst looking to the future through a living remembrance. Community green spaces such as this play such a vital role in maintaining a high quality of life for those who use them.”