Woodland Trust to create four UK centenary woods

Four woodlands are set to be created across the UK as part of a £12m project by the Woodland Trust to mark the centenary of the World War One.

Source: Woodland Trust

The “centenary woods” – one each in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – will be formed by volunteers planting trees and plants.

The woods are expected to span more than 1,000 acres collectively.

Three million free trees will also be available to schools and community groups to plant, the charity said.

Sites in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are yet to be chosen for the woodlands, while for England a 640-acre site near Epsom, Surrey, has already been earmarked.The site at Langley Vale will be bigger than the Olympic Park and have space to include 200,000 trees, and it will link up pockets of existing woodland.

Woodland Trust project director Karl Mitchell 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.

Source: BBC News 11th March 2014

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