Residents start petition to save memorial garden

Residents of Badwell Ash are setting up a petition to protest plans to sell of the village's memorial garden. The garden is in the grounds of Badwell Ash Primary School, owned by St Edmundsbury diocese. The diocese looks to sell of the land and displayed plans at a parish council meeting on Thursday. ANL-150824-121941009
Residents of Badwell Ash are setting up a petition to protest plans to sell of the village's memorial garden. The garden is in the grounds of Badwell Ash Primary School, owned by St Edmundsbury diocese. The diocese looks to sell of the land and displayed plans at a parish council meeting on Thursday. ANL-150824-121941009
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Residents in Badwell Ash have started a petition to save a school memorial garden after plans were announced to turn the land into homes.

Resident Helen Flack said the garden, in the grounds of the village’s former Church of England primary school, was created to remember a former headteacher, Mrs Wellard, who died in a tragic car accident with her husband on the A14 around 25 years ago.

But, last Thursday, the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who own the land and school building, revealed plans to build two detached houses with double garages on the site.

Mrs Flack said: “It is disgusting.

“The people who attended the parish meeting last week were up in arms about it.

“The garden has been there for around 25 years, it has been there a really long time.

“First they take away our primary school and now this.”

Villager Clive Hawkins said: “The irony is Mrs Wellard would have been appointed by the diocese to run the school and now they just want to forget about who she was.”

Resident Bim Patel, who moved to the village last year, said: “Some of the residents in the village were taught by these teachers so there’s a lot of affiliation for the memorial garden. As an outsider, this just doesn’t feel right.”

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese said: “We are committed to working with the local parish council to find a suitable way of honouring the memory of Mrs Wellard, a former headteacher at Badwell Ash CEVAP School.”