Memorial Garden

A small area in Westgate Gardens commemorates all those from the UK and the Commonwealth who fought in Burma in 1941-5 and Italy in 1943-5, and who were awarded the Burma Star or Italy Star medals. During the Burma Campaign British forces were pushed back to the Indian border by the Japanese, and were unable to strike back and regain a foothold in Burma until early 1944. Following their successful conquest of Sicily in 1943, the Allies were able to use the island as a springboard for the invasion of mainland Italy, and then on into Greece and Yugoslavia, but at a cost of 300,000 killed, missing or wounded.

Burma Star
Burma Star Medal

Italy Star
Italy Star Medal

War memorial
War Memorial

Education programs

Available related education programs include river and bat walks, archaeological digs, and forest school activities for children and adults.

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Canterbury Festival

This year's Canterbury Festival runs from 26th September to 4th November 2023. There's walks, talks, art, performance, music & much more.

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Help the Westgate Friends

We urgently need new volunteers to help maintain the physic garden, assist with collecting litter and also need new trustees – and funds to keep up our activities.

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