Cuts to hit National Memorial Arboretum

Monday, 24th March 2014

Next year, the National memorial Arboretum will not receive a grant from the Ministry of Defence it has been revealed.

The Ministry of Defence has revealed that from next year it will not be paying a grant to the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas.  A move which has been branded  a “national disgrace” by a local Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant,.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, also the Conservative Party vice-chairman, said other military sites with similar visitor numbers would get grants.

The National Memorial Arboretum whose site stretched a massive 150 acres, includes the National Armed Forces Memorial and annually attracts around 245,000 visitors.

The NMA is not allowed to charge admission fees and so its income comes from parking charges at the site.