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War hero's daughter backs commemorative orchard for Grantham




An appeal to plant a commemorative Heroes Orchard in Grantham has received a glowing endorsement from Judy Urquhart, whose father commanded airborne forces at Arnhem in the Second World War.

About £10,000 has so far been pledged, 82 per cent of the required funding of £12,000. The money will be used to plant nearly four acres of orchard near Wyndham Park.

Judy visited Fulbeck in October to give a talk on ‘My Father’s Road to Arnhem’, her personal recollection of Major General Robert Urquhart, who led 1st Airborne Division Operation into Market Garden in September 1944.

Major General Roy Urqhart. (26828997)
Major General Roy Urqhart. (26828997)

Judy said: “As the daughter of Major General Roy Urquhart, who commanded the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem, I applaud and support the plan for planting a Heroes Orchard to mark the 75th anniversary. My father was based in the area before the battle and I am sure he would endorse the idea of the orchard.

“It will not only commemorate the bravery of the servicemen who left to fight but also provide an enduring park for the enjoyment of the people of Grantham.”

A substantial donation this week has boosted the fund-raising.

Attending the Heroes Orchard drop-in session are, from left, Roger Smith,Anne Gayfer (Wyndham Park Forum volunteer),Elizabeth Bowskill (Forum secretary),Coun George Chivers and Paula Czarnecki (Forum volunteer). (26830096)
Attending the Heroes Orchard drop-in session are, from left, Roger Smith,Anne Gayfer (Wyndham Park Forum volunteer),Elizabeth Bowskill (Forum secretary),Coun George Chivers and Paula Czarnecki (Forum volunteer). (26830096)

Elizabeth Bowskill, secretary of Wyndham Park Forum, said: “Huge thanks for the pledge from John Chatfeild-Roberts, whose father, Captain Graham Roberts, was ADC to 1st Airborne Division commander Major General Roy Urquhart at Arnhem and with him on the infamous Rhine River crossing as British forces were forced back.”

John Knowles, forum chairman, added: “We are into our final weeks and I would appeal to the people of Grantham to help us create the town’s first publicly accessible green space for many years.”

With a deadline of February 8, pledges can be made at www.spacehive.com/heroes-commemorative-orchard


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