Meadow of wildflowers on the White Cliffs of Dover named after Dame Vera Lynn
A wildflower meadow on the White Cliffs of Dover has been renamed in memory of the late Lady Vera Lynn, a year after the singer’s death.
A path leading to the cliffs was also renamed Dame Vera Lynn Way by the Dover District Council in her honor.
Dame Vera has long been associated with the Chalk Cliffs, with her songs during WWII with lyrics such as “there will be blue birds on the white cliffs of Dover” and “the valley will bloom again”.
The ‘Darling of the Forces’, who lived in East Sussex, died at 103 on June 18, 2020.
Three years before her death, she supported a £ 1million fundraising campaign by the National Trust to buy 178 acres of clifftop arable land, including the wildflower meadow.
The prairie’s new name, Dame Vera Lynn Down, was unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday, June 17.
Dame Vera’s daughter, who attended the ceremony on Thursday, said her mother would have been “delighted” that the meadow bears her name.
“She has always loved having flowers around her and has been an avid gardener for many decades,” said Virginia Lewis-Jones.
“The name change of the trail to ‘Dame Vera Lynn Way’ is a touching tribute as my mom always pointed out that the White Cliffs were the last landmark seen when the boys went to war and the first they went to war. saw on their return home. ”she added.
The meadow had been turned into a wheat field after the National Trust acquired the land in 2017, but is now returned to its original grassland state.
According to the Dover District Council, it has already started to fill with wildflowers, including daisies, wild carrots and viper bugloss, and attracts corn buntings and larks, the songbird of the country.
Ginny Portman, chief executive of the National Trust, said the name change means Dame Vera Lynn “will be forever remembered on the White Cliffs of Dover”.
“His songs are woven into the fabric of the landscape, and we are very grateful for his support in helping us protect it for future generations.
“It’s fitting that the fields she helped save are now home to the lark and its beautiful melodic song,” Portman said.