Commemoration for Octavia Hill

Start of work at Centenary Green Octavia Hill's Birthplace House
Start of work at Centenary Green Octavia Hill's Birthplace House
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A day of events were held in Wisbech on Monday to mark the Octavia Hill Commemoration Day in tribute to social reformer and founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill.

Events started at the Rose and Crown Hotel in the morning with a welcome by town Mayor Viv MacRae and Centenary reports from the Octavia Hill Society which included details of the Centenary Green project, Wisbech Arts Festival and River of Life garden.

Opening of River of Life Garden with Spike Milligan's daughter Sile Milligan next to the Spike Milligan tree with Wisbech mayor Viv MacRae

Opening of River of Life Garden with Spike Milligan's daughter Sile Milligan next to the Spike Milligan tree with Wisbech mayor Viv MacRae

The day included guided visits to the former Wisbech Courthouse and St Peter’s Lodge. The afternoon was dedicated to the Centenary Green project and the opening of the River of Life garden for children.

The Centenary Green is a derelict piece of land next to Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House which will be transformed into a landscaped open space to commemorate the centenary of the death of Octavia, who was born in Wisbech. The River of Life garden was opened by Sile Milligan, daughter of the late actor/comedian Spike Milligan. The 21st annual commemoration day service was held in St Peter’s Church and the day ended with a memorial lecture by Dame Fiona Reynolds.

Our pictures show the start of work on the public open space which will be the Octavia Hill Centenary Green. Photo: MFCP12AF12029

The opening of the River of Life garden with Sile Milligan and a tree named after her father Spike Milligan. Also pictured are pupils from Elm Road School. Photo: MFCP12AF12027