Louisa Love returns to the Aylesham Heritage centre


Louisa Love returned to Aylesham Heritage Centre on 6th May for the opening of the new miners’ memorial garden.

The result of 3 years of arduous research carried out by the AHC volunteers, the garden commemorates the 57 men and boys who lost their lives at Snowdown Colliery between 1907 and 1987, and is intended to serve as a place of remembrance and tranquility for the community. 

The main feature of the garden is a pair of black granite plaques bearing an illustration of miners working underground and the 57 names of those who died. I’m pleased to have played a small part in the project by contributing some initial design drawings & ideas. More significantly my dad, Geoff Love, worked on the technical designs and planning approval to help make it happen. The Co-operative Society generously funded the production and shipping of the stones from China, meaning that all the funds/donations raised by Aylesham Heritage Centre could go into creating the surrounding garden.

Well over 100 people crowded into the grounds for the opening and we were then treated to an amazing spread of food & refreshments in the brand new community tea shop now located behind the heritage centre, which officially opens on 22nd May.

See a more in-depth write up of the day & the new garden here 

To see information on Louisa Love’s WW1 Joined Up project for the Aylesham Heritage Centre press here