David Richardson

CWGC Director of Horticulture

“The garden has a real sense of enclosure and privacy, using a Carpinus hedge and Acer trees, typical of many CWGC cemeteries.

“In 2017, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is celebrating one hundred years of great gardening. With a global gardening workforce of more than 850 men and women and a maintenance commitment of more than 700 hectares, we’re proud to be one of the world’s largest horticultural organisations.

“Our horticulture has always been an essential part of our commemoration of the war dead – ensuring the cemeteries and memorials are places of beauty and quiet remembrance for the hundreds of thousands who visit them each year. We’re delighted to have the chance to work with David Domoney and showcase our work at Chelsea.”

Danny and Yves Delplace

Danny works as a blacksmith and handles all of the metal work for cemeteries in Belgium, Holland, Germany and part of France. He often works alongside his brother Yves – a painter and sign maker in our office in Belgium. The two brothers worked on the commemorative arch that forms the entrance to the CWGC garden. The arch is made from polyester resin on a wood and metal frame and was hand painted to resemble aged metal.

“We are proud to work for the CWGC as it allows us to express our artistic skills for a good cause.”


David Domoney

Horticulturist and CWCG Centenary Garden designer

“I am extremely honoured and delighted to be designing a garden for the Commonwealth War Graves centenary this year.

“It is a great and rewarding challenge to try to interpret and echo some of the marvellous horticulture and design work that is displayed at Commonwealth War Grave sites around the world.

“My aim is to capture some of the spirit of the Commission’s tireless work, as they tend the graves and memorials of the 1.7 million who laid their lives down in the first and second world wars."

Click here to read David's blog on constructing the CWGC's Centenary Garden.