The idea of building this cairn came from Rory Stewart MP. (I wrote in an earlier post about his book The Places in Between, an account of his incredible walking journey across Afghanistan). Begun in July 2014, the cairn celebrates the 'auld acquaintance' of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Thousands of people from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have come to visit and to help build the cairn, a monument to the union of all the peoples of the UK. The project is called Hands Across the Border and the location is just outside Gretna Green, on the Scottish English border.
These are the flags of all the nations of the EU, flying outside the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.