World War I project will see nearly 9,500 new trees across Lincolnshire

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Nearly 9,500 trees are set to be planted across the county as part of the Woodland Trust’s UK-wide project to commemorate the First World War centenary.

The initiative has seen 9,360 saplings delivered to schools and community groups across Lincolnshire that will now be planted as part of local events organised to thank those affected by the war that broke out in 1914.

The saplings will grow to create new woodland, hedgerows and memorial areas that can be enjoyed by both people and wildlife.

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’ve 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 saplings have been supplied through the Trust’s Free Trees scheme. They will contribute to the millions of trees being planted across the UK as part of the Trust’s Centenary Woods project – one of the most ambitious in its history – where by 2018 four memorial Centenary woods will be created in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Trust’s Woodland Creation Director, John Tucker, said: “It is wonderful to hear about the tree planting events in Lincolnshire, and the touching stories about the war heroes they’re set to give thanks to. Whether planted for a family member, former school pupil or well-loved member of a community, each tree will represent a special individual or group of people.

“Currently the UK has significantly less woodland cover than the rest of Europe. Local tree planting events help us work toward our target of doubling the amount of native woodland we have, and what better way of securing future woodland cover, than by dedicating trees to and creating woods for those who sacrificed so much for us during the First World War.”

The project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury’s, who have funded packs alongside IKEA FAMILY, Biffa Award, WHSmith, Wilko and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For more information on how to dedicate a tree, the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods project and Free Trees scheme, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk