Victoria Cross Grove
The Victoria Cross Grove commemorates ten recipients of the Victoria Cross who had connections with the borough of Tunbridge Wells.
The grove of 21 oak trees was planted during the winter of 1994/5 and dedicated on the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, 8 May 1995.
The ten VC recipients
The Victoria Cross was instituted by Queen Victoria on 29 January 1856 as a way of recognising acts of outstanding bravery by members of the armed services. Over time, the award has been extended to include members of Commonwealth forces.
The year 2006 marked the 400th anniversary of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross. To commemorate the two anniversaries, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council specially commissioned Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate, to write a poem, and artist Charles Gurrey to create a memorial sculpture. It was unveiled by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on 13 October 2006. Extracts from Andrew Motion’s poem, Remembrance, feature on the sculpture.
Location and access
The Victoria Cross Grove can be found near the main Bayhall Road entrance to Dunorlan Park, in the more informal part of the park. It takes 15-20 minutes to walk to the Victoria Cross Grove from the town centre, or you could travel by bus. You may also like to visit other parts of Dunorlan Park and this map will help you find your way around the park. You can find out more about the park’s history, and events and activities at the information points at the café.
Dunorlan Park is naturally hilly. However, there is a relatively level path around the lake that can be easily reached from Hall’s Hole Road car park. The red paths are steep and may not be suitable for some visitors. Steps are also highlighted in red.