A new garden in front of the Poppies over Gallipoli sculpture will incorporate stones from the Gallipoli Peninsula into a stylised poppy design.
Work on the formal-style garden started last week and is expected to be finished this week.
The sculpture on the corner of Anzac Dr and Travis Rd was restored and moved to higher ground in 2015 in time for the centenary commemorations of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.
At that time, shingle from the beaches of Gallipoli and
Çanakkale was gifted by the people of Turkey for use in the garden around the memorial.
Project manager for the Avon-Ōtākaro Mahinga Kai Exemplar, Kathryn Bates, said the group had been working to get the garden built for the past two years.
“We are lucky to have local company Ōtautahi Bespoke Builders under take the construction of the garden, making it more affordable by providing pro-bono labour,” she said.
“They will be assisted by local community voluntary labour organised by the Avon-Ōtākaro Network.”
Local brick will feature in the poppy-shaped design, along with native shrubs and boulders representing the Southern Alps and the Port Hills.
The Coastal-Burwood Community Board granted $3000 towards the cost of materials for the garden.
Avon-Ōtākaro Network hopes to have a formal opening with a barbecue and planting day in the Hulverstone Reserve on Anzac Day.