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Princess Anne launches war memorial wood

By Rebecca Black

The Princess Royal has helped launch plans for a memorial wood to those who died in the First World War.

Princess Anne arrived in Northern Ireland yesterday for a two-day visit.

Her first port of call was the Woodland Trust's site for what will become a World War One Centenary Wood in the heart of the Faughan Valley, Co Londonderry.

The wood will be one of four planted across the UK by the Woodland Trust in time for the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

The site comprises 53 acres of land just off the Glenshane Road and will stand as a living reminder of those whose lives were touched by the events of 1914-18. It is intended that the wood will be open to everyone for quiet reflection and enjoyment, and trees can be dedicated to individuals, families and organisations.

The public will be encouraged to come and plant trees as an act of remembrance.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the launch of the Centenary Woods Project and met a number of local schoolchildren.

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