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Memorial garden unveiled for those who've served with Hampshire Police

The garden in the grounds of Victoria House Credit: Hampshire Police

A brand new memorial to honour the lives of all those who have served with Hampshire Constabulary has been unveiled at the Force’s Support and Training Headquarters.

The garden, which features a Hampshire rose sculpted fountain, prairie-style planting and seating areas, was officially opened by Lady Avril Hoddinott, the widow of former Chief Constable Sir John Hoddinott.

Crime Commissioner Michael Lane, Lady Avril Hoddinott, Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott, and Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney Credit: Hampshire Police

The garden has been funded by Hampshire Constabulary, the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Southampton Police Club Trust Fund.

Garden design students from Sparsholt College in Winchester were invited to present concepts to Hampshire Constabulary as part of their academic studies.

The Hampshire Rose sculpture fountain

Three finalists were considered by a group of judges including Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane, Sparsholt College lecturer Chris Prior, and Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, representing the Southampton Police Club Trust Fund.

The winner was a design created by former Sparsholt College student Chris Hull who now owns and runs his own landscape design company.

The memorial is situated in the grounds of Victoria House at Hampshire Constabulary’s Southern Support and Training Headquarters where it enhances an existing memorial garden.