Fred Roche Memorial Gardens officially unveiled

Mayor Catriona Morris, Henk van Aswegen, and the Roche Family at the Fred Roche Gardens naming ceremony, CMK.

Mayor Catriona Morris, Henk van Aswegen, and the Roche Family at the Fred Roche Gardens naming ceremony, CMK.

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THE re-naming of gardens in Central Milton Keynes after one of the city’s founding fathers has been completed.

A special ceremony took place at 12.30pm today (Friday, November 9) to change the name of City Gardens to Fred Roche Gardens.

Fred's daughters unveil the plaque in the Fred Roche Gardens, CMK

Fred's daughters unveil the plaque in the Fred Roche Gardens, CMK

The gardens, situated behind Christ the Cornerstone Church, were officially re-opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris.

They will now serve as a memorial to Fred Roche, who was the general manager for Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1970s. He was responsible for overseeing a huge housing programme and developing much of CMK.

The private ceremony came 20 years to the day after Mr Roche’s death. A plaque in his honour was unveiled by members of his family.

The re-naming of the gardens has been campaigned for by the Fred Roche Foundation, which is battling to see Mr Roche gain greater recognition in the city he helped build.

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