Patron: HRH The Duchess of Kent.
The purpose of the National Arboretum is to create a tribute to all British and Commonwealth Servicemen who have lost their lives in conflicts throughout the world since the end of the World War Two. An area has been set aside for the Royal Air Force, which is being developed as a living tribute to Squadrons, Stations and Units, and to the personnel who served on them.
The design for Headquarters Far East Air Force comprises a Map of the Far East with numbers relating to the appropriate units. This information is engraved on slate and covers the three areas of Malaya, Singapore and Borneo, where the units were based. It also covers RAF Gan and the units in Hong Kong and Ceylon (now Shri Lanka)
The Far East Air Force Memorial was inaugurated on 13th. May 2006.
The Royal Air Force site features Birch trees and the surrounding ground was initially planted with bluebells and later with low spreading Ceanothus. A large Walnut tree occupies the central position, a tree whose wood, in years gone by, was used to make aeroplane propellers.
There is a Chapel and Visitor Centre in the 150 acres of land comprising the Arboretum. Visitors are very welcome.