A chance comment from Maj Martin Waters (Retd) in 2005 in the NATO Mess on Normandy Barracks, saw the vision of Frau Irene Bröckling become a reality.
Her dream of running a Waldkindergarten – a nursery with the emphasis on healthy outdoor activities – took shape over a conversation with Irene’s husband, Bernhard.
The Waldkindergarten in Hövelhof, near Sennelager opened in 2007 and now has some 48 children from the ages of two to six.
Although the last BFG troops left Münster in 2013, a small but strong British presence can still be felt inside the city walls within the 1st German/Netherlands Corps.
Based close to Münster city centre at Schlossplatz, adjacent to the historic palace, the Corps is one of NATO’s High Readiness Forces Headquarters (HRF) with a similar organisation and role to HQ ARRC in Gloucester.