SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15 ISSUE 1
Tree Planting a Tribute to WWI Dead

By Kaye Coates

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More than three million native trees will take root throughout the UK in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Part of the Woodland Trust's four-year Centenary Woods project, the trees will represent the millions of lives lost and affected by the war. 

The Trust's ambitious project will see the creation of four flagship woods - one in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. And the charity is now offering opportunities for individuals to dedicate one or more trees in Northern Ireland's Centenary Wood as a unique and lasting way to remember ancestors or communities who played a part in the war. Northern Ireland's 53-acre jewel in the crown, recently christened 'Brackfield Wood', sits by the banks of the tranquil River Faughan in the north west's Faughan Valley. 

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland, enthused: "Your dedication will help us to create a flourishing new wood in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. 

"The trees planted will be a living, lasting tribute to the people from the island of Ireland who fought or supported others during the war. It's estimated that over 40,000 people from Ireland lost their lives, with countless others affected. And, with your support, we aim to plant 40,000 native saplings here at Brackfield, along with carpets of wildflowers including iconic red poppies. 

"As well as being a place of reflection for visitors, the new stretch of glorious woodland will link and buffer a number of existing woods, providing an extended habitat for many species of wildlife, some rare."

The Woodland Trust is also on the lookout for stories from local people whose ancestors served in, or were affected by, the First World War.

For further information on the tree dedication plan, visit or call 0800 915 1914. 

To share stories of loved one's role in the war, please write to the Woodland Trust at 1 Dufferin Court, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, BT20 3BX or email

The Trust's Centenary Woods project is supported by lead partner Sainsbury's, who are helping to plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War.

The site's purchase has been assisted by Northern Ireland Environment Agency, a number of charitable trusts and foundations, and the generosity of individual donors. 

Dedicate a tree:

You can dedicate a tree in a First World War Centenary Wood of your choice and create a beautiful tribute that will flourish and grow. Dedicating a tree is a lasting, unique and very personal way to commemorate those who lived and died during the First World War. 
You will receive a commemorative certificate for each tree dedicated. 

Charitable Trusts and Foundations include the Stephen Clark 1965 Charitable Trust; the Banister Charitable Trust; Ardbarron Trust; TBF & KL Thompson Trust.

Sainsbury's has supported the Woodland Trust since 2004 with the launch of free range Woodland eggs. Since then donations through product sales have expanded to chicken, turkey, apples and honey. The partnership has helped the Woodland Trust to plant two million trees, including establishing a special Sainsbury's Wood at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire. The partnership has also enabled the Woodland Trust to provide support and advice to Sainsbury's on tree planting and maintenance to deliver to their farmers across the UK. Most recently, Sainsbury's is supporting Woodland Trust's First World War Centenary Woods project, where four new woods and millions of trees will be planted to commemorate the First World War.

The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 400,000 supporters. 

The Trust has three key aims:
to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife
to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
to restore damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return 

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 woods in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to its woods is free. Further news can be found at

In Northern Ireland, the Woodland Trust cares for 50 woods, containing a mix of recently planted woodland, mature woodland and ancient woodland. The Trust has produced the first-ever comprehensive record of Northern Ireland's ancient woodland; find out more at
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