Northern Ireland’s Woodland Trust to make WWI
The Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland is calling on members to go the extra mile to mark the anniversary of the First World War
30 October 2015
The Woodland Trust, together with Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters, is calling on local people and visitors to play a hands-on part in bringing a special new Centenary Wood to life on Saturday 7 November.
Set in the heart of the Faughan Valley, just outside Derry, the recently named Brackfield Wood is one of four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In total, the Trust’s ambitious Centenary Woods project will see millions of trees planted in recognition of the millions of lives lost and affected by the war.
Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity, in the run up to Remembrance Day, for people to make their mark by planting trees at Brackfield Wood, still very much in its infancy.
“By the end of the project, our aim is to have 40,000 native saplings planted here, with swathes of glorious wildflowers including poppies. The trees will be a living, growing and respectful tribute to the people from Ireland who played a part in the war: the soldiers, their families and loved ones. It’s estimated that as many as 40,000 lost their lives, with countless others affected.”
The First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury’s, helping plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War.