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Thursday, 25 February 2016

War heroes remembered, thanks to tree planting scheme

A major tree planting scheme is under way to honour Harrogate's war heroes who died in battle.

Getting to the root of it ... CNG energy coordinators Cath Cryer (left) and Katy Pickersgill.

Work has started on planting 1,200 saplings – one for each soldier named on the town's cenotaph who died in the World War One and World War Two.

Harrogate-based energy firm CNG is part funding this planting on the outskirts of the town as part of the Woodland Trust’s ambitious goal to plant millions of trees across the UK as part of its project to mark the centenary of World War One.

Schools, communities and businesses have already joined them in the scheme.

Woodland Trust project manager Pip Borrill said: “It is brilliant that we are coming together with CNG for this project. Those who made sacrifices in the First World War did so to secure a brighter future for the next generation.

“Trees are a wonderful lasting tribute but they are also beautiful, life giving and allow memories to grow along with them in time. Thanks to these trees, hundreds of people who lost their lives will be remembered for centuries to come.”

The commemorative trees are being planted on land owned by Chris French, who has supported the Woodland Trust project for the past five years, having already planted over 3000 trees. He sees the purpose of planting trees for future generations well as a way of giving back to the community.

Chris said: “They will not only serve as a lasting reminder of local heroes, but also create a place for nature and tranquillity, trees are also important in terms of helping the land to retain nutrients, provide shelter from the elements and support wildlife.

“But of course it is the historic connection that is so important here – seeing the trees grow for future generations will just be fantastic.”

The trees are a mixture of species including birch, beech, hornbeam and wild cherry and many more.
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