Sandringham Butterfly Meadow Remembrance Installation opens

A corner of the Queen’s Gardens in Sandringham will be buzzing with thousands of butterflies from this weekend.

The Butterfly Meadow will become a steel blue carpet – echoing the poppies installation in the Tower of London.

The Meadow is at the heart of a commemoration campaign and also a fundraiser for The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, with families able to buy a butterfly for £25 in memory of a loved one and see it displayed as a canvas background of Sandringham House.

The silver-studded blue butterfly

La Prairie will be open to the public from Saturday July 16 to September 1.

Fransham blacksmith Nigel Barnett made 2,500 of the butterflies out of steel and painted them blue to resemble the silver-studded blue species found in Norfolk. Each is mounted on a steel pole so they stand in the ground and create a blue carpet in the royal gardens.

Almost all of the butterflies have now been sold and the final fundraising total will be announced this weekend.

When the project was launched, Lyndsay Carter, Managing Director of The Norfolk Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support from the Sandringham Estate who very kindly allow us to use their beautiful gardens as the location for the installation and for Fransham Forge for creating such a beautiful memory.

“Butterflies are a beautiful way to remember someone special to you and commemorate their life.

“Butterfly Meadow with the backdrop of Sandringham House will be a spectacular scene and we look forward to seeing the installation this summer.”

Chris B. Hall