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Planting project in memory of war heroes

17 November, 2014 - 06:35
Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Norfolk as part of the Centenary Woods project, organised by the Woodland Trust.

Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Norfolk as part of the Centenary Woods project, organised by the Woodland Trust.

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Thousands of trees are set to be planted across Norfolk to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

TV personality and wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan.TV personality and wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan.

The Centenary Woods project, organised by the Woodland Trust, will see 8,445 saplings delivered to schools and community groups across the county which will be planted as part of local events.

The saplings will grow to create new woodland, hedgerows and memorial areas that can be enjoyed by both people and wildlife, providing a lasting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

TV personality and wildlife enthusiast Michaela Strachan recently dedicated trees to her grandparents.

She said: “My grandmother Evelyn Hurd died recently at the grand old age of 101. She was a legend. My grandfather Richard Hurd died in 1997, and was a real character! They lived through two world wars and must have seen so many changes in their lives, especially to the landscape. I wanted to do something lasting in their memories, so dedicating trees to them through the Woodland Trust seemed a very fitting tribute. I love the fact their memory will be in the heart of a future wood supporting so much wildlife and will be there for many, many years to come.”

The sapplings will contribute to the millions of trees being planted across the UK as part of the project and by 2018 four memorial Centenary woods will be created in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. •Is your school or group planting a tree? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk


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