Fields of Remembrance

From 18 April to 9 May 2018, Wellington Botanic Garden became a place to reflect on and remember those who died in World War One 1915-1918.

A field full of white crosses representing soldiers who died during the first two years of World War 1.

The White Crosses project is a nationwide initiative. This field consists of a named cross for every man and woman from the Wellington region who died over 100 years ago.

884 crosses were installed on the Salamanca Lawn site in 2015, 965 in 2016, and 1570 in 2017.

In 2018, the final year of the WW100 Commemorations, there was an additional 1,851 white crosses, which brought the total to 5,270 individuals from the Wellington region who died in World War One.

Fields of Remembrance was located near the Henry Moore sculpture. The exhibition ended May 2018. 

Crosses are no longer available for collection

The installation was open to all, and this year the public was encouraged to come and collect the crosses of their friends or relatives on Sunday 6 May between 10am-4pm – when staff was on hand to help find them.

The window of collection is now closed, as the 4,000 remaining crosses are back in storage. The crosses are being held for use by the Fields of Remembrance Trust schools project. Some unclaimed crosses have been given out to schools so they can continue having their own fields each year.