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Global Stone gives WW2 veteran a new lease of life on Love Your Garden

World War Two veteran Jack King can only be described as an inspiration to us all. A prisoner of war survivor and aspiring artist in his own right we have great respect for this humble gentleman. Jack was just 15 when the second World War broke out. Having joined the Royal Artillery, Jack was taken hostage in the Far East and forced to contribute to the construction of what became known as the ‘Death Railway’.

Amazingly, Jack lived through over three and a half years of torture. After returning to his hometown of Eastbourne, Jack met the love of his life Audrey, on a railway platform. A match made in heaven, the pair were married within a few months which lead to over 64 devoted years together. Their garden was their sanctuary where they spent precious time together as well as with friends and family.

Jack sadly lost his soul mate Audrey following a stroke. Although Jack found companionship in the charity Silverline and his family, his precious garden that he shared with Audrey became increasingly difficult to maintain and his art studio began to fall apart. However, this was all to change thanks to Alan Titchmarsh and his team on ITV’s show Love Your Garden. Using nearby garden, Fairlight End in Sussex, for inspiration, Alan’s team set to work in transforming Jack’s garden. The aim was to create not only an enjoyable scene for Jack to relax and enjoy but also to make it a practical and safe space. 

Alan’s team created an art inspired garden including an even textured sandstone path using Global Stone Artisan Serenity paving which leads to brand new purpose-built art studio. Not only does the Artisan Serenity range add a beautiful tone to this contemporary garden, it also serves a practical purpose with its even textured finish to reduce the risk of slipping in rainy or frosty weather.

Not only does Jacks garden transformation have a pathway leading him to indulge in his painting once more, he also has a lovely area to sit and reflect on his happy memories. Surrounded by a stunning selection of tropical themed planting, a pond oasis is framed by Global Stone York Green Pathway Setts.

At Global Stone we were truly touched by Jacks moving story and proud our paving was the natural choice for the garden created for such an inspirational person. If you’re inspired too, find further details on our Artisan Serenity paving and pathway setts here:

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