On Tuesday 12 June 2018, Mrs Kate Collins DL represented the Lord-Lieutenant when she attended the Battlefields to Butterflies service at Osborne House.
The Osborne project is part of a nationwide commemorative programme initiated by the Royal Parks Guild. Organiser Mike Fitt OBE, chairman of the Guild, is the former Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks for The Royal Parks and lives in Ryde. The plot, based in the walled garden, is in memory of Britain’s parks, gardens and grounds staff who died in the First World War.
Children from Community Kids after school club at The Bay CE Primary School worked on the battlefield landscaping ranging from weeding, digging bomb craters, finding and positioning dead trees and planting out poppies, cornflowers and other native plants that changed the landscape of the Battlefields of the 1st World War into Butterfly fields within one year.