Garden of Remembrance plan
Holyrood’s memorial to those lost in conflict
A Garden of Remembrance, which will be open to the public, is to be created at the Scottish Parliament
A permanent Garden of Remembrance is to be created at the Scottish Parliament, with MSPs sowing the first poppies next week.
An area of land has been set aside in the parliament grounds close to Queen’s Drive and easily accessible to the public.
Planting will begin after First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, with all 129 MSPs invited to take part.
They have been sent their own packet of seeds, approved by the parliament, to use on the day.
The initiative is in support of the nationwide Ribbon of Poppies tribute, and was organised following work by Scottish Conservative MSPs Alexander Stewart and Miles Briggs.
As the poppies will be sown in late May, it is expected the garden will come into full bloom in time for summer.
Scottish Conservative Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Alexander Stewart said: “The Garden of Remembrance will be a lasting memorial to the many service personnel across the world who died not only in both world wars, but in other conflicts, too.
“It’s essential that Scotland’s parliament plays a key role in remembering those who gave their lives so we can enjoy the freedom we have today, and I hope all MSPs feel able to take part in this.
“I look forward to elected representatives putting politics aside and coming together for this important event.”