AN ELDERLY woman with dementia is convinced a war is starting due to the construction of a historical trench next to her care home.

Work is ongoing to dig a 31m long and 14m wide trench at Garth Hill College.

Plans for the construction, which will be used to educate children in the area, were approved with no objections in 2015.

A resident of overlooking care home Clement House is deeply distressed by the works however.

Lynette Robertson's mother is convinced a war is starting.

The administrator said: "The trench is right outside my mum's window and she has dementia.

"She thinks another war is starting. To put something like that so close to 65 plus residents is not appropriate at all.

"She goes through the same process every single day. She thinks a war might have started.

"I am not giving up until this thing moves. It is going to frighten her to death."

When finished the trench will host hands-on education talks and walk-throughs in settings mirroring life on the front.

Many schools in the area have submitted letters supporting Garth Hill College's application for Heritage Lottery Funding for the project, which has not been built with college funds.

Keith Grainger, principal at Garth Hill College, said: “We have planning permission. We have secured funding from various sources including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, support from a local Bracknell Forest councillor, our Parent Teacher Friend Association (PTFA) and other fundraising.”

On 16 November Mayor Bracknell Forest Councillor Tina McKenzie-Boyle will join pupils and residents of Clement House at a commemorative poppy seed sowing at the trench.