Date revealed for Secret Spitfire memorial installation

The charity behind the memorial has confirmed it will be unveiled on Friday, July 9.

A fundraiser for the project was launched in 2019 by Britain’s most senior female military officer, and it hoped to raise £100,000.

Secret Spitfires Memorial Update

Secret Spitfires Memorial Update

The Secret Spitfires Memorial site has also undergone a huge transformation over the winter and spring, thanks to Susan Hampton Garden Plans and Hewlett Turf and Landscape Ltd.

A long-term Salisbury resident, Susan has designed many local private gardens and has also worked with schools and businesses including Bishop Wordsworth’s.

Her design for the area surrounding the Memorial site is based on the South Coast of England, with different levels of planting and materials representing forests, cliffs, beaches, roads and the sea itself.

Hardy plants including sedum and mini box hedging will grow to cover the gravel over the years, and be cloud pruned to ensure a stunning backdrop to the Spitfire.

Air Marshal Sue Gray and Spitfire engineer Norman Parker..Secret Spitfires Memorial launch at Salisbury Cathedral DC9275P13 Picture by Tom Gregory.

Air Marshal Sue Gray and Spitfire engineer Norman Parker..Secret Spitfires Memorial launch at Salisbury Cathedral DC9275P13 Picture by Tom Gregory.

Susan said: “It’s a privilege to be involved in bringing this intriguing chapter in Salisbury’s history to a wider public in such a significant way. On a personal note, it also brings things together rather neatly for me as I originally came to the city to work at the museum and am now in garden design.”

The site is now almost ready to receive the Spitfire – and plans for the unveiling will be shared in the coming weeks.

To donate, go to secretspitfiresmemorial.org.uk/donate.

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