British Memorial Garden Trust
The garden, which grew out of the dark days following September 11th 2001, is helping to revitalize one of Lower Manhattan's most historic areas, celebrating the long-standing ties between the United Kingdom and the United States whilst honouring the 67 British victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
With the motto "Reflect, Remember, Rebuild... ", The British Garden celebrates the strong ties of the past and present, the hope for unity in the future and a promise never to forget those whom we have lost along the way.
The Stone Benches are an important part of the overall project and the design team considered a number of stones including the three Portland beds: Roach, Whitbed and Basebed. The team finally chose the Whitbed from Bowers Quarry, Whitbed having been used on the only major Portland stone project in New York – the United Nations Building.
On May 29, 2009, HRH Prince Harry officially named the New York City park 'The British Garden at Hanover Square'; the park receiving its royal opening by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, on July 6, 2010.