Working with AJD Regeneration, Coventry charity Normandy Day UK is planning to set a record for the largest number of people at a picnic in Coventry.
The Normandy campaign, which began with the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944, was the turning point of the 2nd World War. It was the largest seaborne invasion force ever assembled before or since. Much of the battle took place in the apple orchards of Normandy. Local Normandy veteran and founder of the Normandy Day UK charity, Dennis Davison, 96, wants to mark the 75th anniversary by celebrating the freedom and peace enjoyed in Europe since the war with a record-breaking picnic.
The charity has been working with Coventry City Council and local schools to create a 3.5 acre Peace Orchard at Coundon Hall Park as an outdoor classroom for environmental and peace education. This is where the picnic will be held. As well as planting over 650 native apple trees and fruit hedging plants, children from local schools have helped design a web site, information boards, seating and plaques, which are all due to be completed in time for the picnic on 6th June, along with a new footpath.