An interesting diary of events for the arboretum, thanks for posting Jane Eyre. I did wonder though how they were going to manage a guided walk through tge Somme, until further down their page they explained it was a walk through their memorials which relate to the Somme
If you've never been to the national arboretum it's a very worthwhile place to go with magnificent memorials. As well as the main memorial wall (we have a friend commemorated here who was killed in Northern Ireland) there is a haunting memorial to the controversial 'shot at dawn' soldiers of WWI as well as many, many others. One of my favourites being the memorial to the circus performers who participated in the Great War. It was rather strange to suddenly come across a painted fairground horse and golden poles, then you realise the significance of it and it all falls into place.
Another magnificent memorial is the one to the airborne troops of WWII which has a life size parachutist landing and trying to reel in his parachute which is being taken up by the wind.
I wonder if the schools taking part in the whistle blowing will be doing it individually or all congregating at the memorial - that would be spine tingling to hear.
The contribution by our commonwealth friends was enormous and it's surprising how far and wide men came from.
We went expecting it to take maybe half an hour or so but we were there for over two hours and that was rushing it. Do go, you'll be glad you did.