A lasting legacy for our First World War brave
Millions of trees to be planted to stand for all those involved
The Woodland Trust has launched their First World War Centenary Woods project which will see millions of trees planted across the UK and four flagship woods created – in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.
1,000 acres of woodland will be planted at four Centenary Woods, with over 3 million free trees available to schools, community groups and youth groups for planting, and landowners and communities across the country will get involved to create hundreds of new woods containing millions of trees.
These symbolic trees and woods will transform our landscape into rich, vibrant and flourishing woodland and will stand proud as a lasting legacy for those who fought, those who lost their lives, and also for their loved ones on the home front who supported them from afar.
Above is the map showing the location of the English Centenary Wood near Epsom, and there are woodland sites in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members of the public will be able to dedicate trees to ancestors at the sites.
Karl Mitchell, Woodland Trust Project Director said: “The trees planted during the course of this 12 million project will stand for hundreds of years, providing a lasting tribute to all those involved in the First World War. We hope to see many thousands of people getting involved by planting their own tribute or dedicating trees in memory of loved ones.
“At a time when our woodland cover is so low compared to other countries, planting trees now is more important than ever. As well as representing enormous strength and bravery shown by the nation during the First World War, the trees that are planted during the course of the project will help strengthen our natural landscape, increasing its resilience to the threats posed by pests and diseases.”
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 13% woodland cover compared to 44% across the rest of Europe. Trees and woods contribute to an improved landscape, enabling economic growth while creating a vibrant network of different habitats, leading to healthy, functioning ecosystems and places for people.
Justin King, Chief Executive at Sainsbury’s remembers his late great grandfather Charles Robert Avery who was a Bombardier in the First World War and Sainsbury's will be partnering the Woodland Trust to deliver the trees for the Centenary Woods.
Find out more at woodlandtrust.org.uk