The Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden launch event was held on the 2nd of July 2021 at Woolwich, London.
The concept of a Commonwealth Garden on the land around the Garrison Church was first raised by the trustees of Woolwich Garrison Church Trust by Pamela Franklin, the founder of the Caribbean Social Forum based in Woolwich. A steering group was set up to take the project forward to incorporate a Gurkha element and for the Garden to be named The Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden. A large Gurkha community currently live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
A church located opposite which came into existence to serve the needs of the Barracks, the military and historical associations between the British Army and the Gurkhas will be reflected in the garden. Lieutenant Colonel Tol Bahadur Khamcha and Major Chandrabahadur Pun and Major (Retd) Mani Rai MBE, DL (Brigade Secretary) represented the Gurkhas. Also in attendance was Joanna Lumley OBE and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL both keen supporters of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Welfare Trust.