A group of students on the Uniformed Services Course at Fareham Tertiary College have volunteered to carry out work in the community for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and on 16and 23 March, they will visit Ann’s Hill Cemetery in Gosport.
The work, which is part of their coursework, helps them build their skills and gain experience in working as a team and the chosen location for this work is the War Graves plot in Ann’s Hill Cemetery, Gosport, where a World War II Commemoration Ceremony is held every June.
The work the students are looking to carry out includes:-
Removal of trees and replacing them with Fagus Sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’
To scarify, hollow core, top dress, fertilise and over seed the whole plot.
Staff from the War Graves Commission and college tutors will be on site to oversee the work, which will be carried out between 9.30am and 12.30 pm on both days, and every effort will be made to avoid any disruption to visitors.
A spokesman from the War Graves Commission said, “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is very pleased to work with the Uniformed Services students at Ann’s Hill Cemetery. We appreciate every effort to help us commemorate the fallen in a way appropriate to their sacrifice.”
Speaking on behalf of Gosport Borough Council was the Chairman of the Community Board, Councillor Graham Burgess who said, “We are very grateful to both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the students for their time and work in maintaining the area in which the war graves are situated. We hold our annual World War II ceremony there every June as we feel it is important that we remember those who lost their lives in defence of their Country.”