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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild have joined together to research and present a series of events in the parks to commemorate the centenary of World War One. For details of the events and the amazing facts revealled so far click here.

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WW1 trench experience, Kensington Gardens

WW1 trench experience, Kensington Gardens

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The Royal Parks Guild and the Royal Parks, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are producing a World War One trench experience in Kensington Gardens as part of the parks 100 year commemoration of the war.

At Buck Hill, which lies to the east of The Long Water and north of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, was the home to the army’s first camouflage school during World War One. This was set up to devise techniques to hide and decieve the enemy on troop and equipment numbers. A large area of Buck Hil was modelled to resemble front line trenches and battlefield from where models, netting, painting and other equipment were tested.

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The event shall recreate a section of front line trench and have men from the 10th Essex Regiment Living History Group dressed in period uniform to explain about life in the trenches and how camouflage was important to them. The experience is timed to last approximately 20 minutes.

There are two public open days, for adults and children alike, on 17 and 24 September 2017 between 10 am and 4 pm.

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