Belfast Telegraph

Woodlands tribute to First World War fallen

By Adrian Rutherford

Nine memorial woods have been created in Northern Ireland as a lasting tribute to those who died in the First World War.

They are among 130 new woodlands across the UK remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The woods range in size from a tiny 10th of a hectare to 10 hectares.

One of Northern Ireland's nine woods is springing to life thanks to composer and writer Dr Sally Walmsley.

With support from Forest Service and the Woodland Trust, she has transformed over five hectares of grassland into a thriving young woodland at Edenaveys, just outside the city of Armagh.

Gregor Fulton, the Woodland Trust's estate and outreach manager, said: "The trees planted, throughout the UK, are a flourishing and lasting tribute to those who sacrificed so much during the First World War.

"Landowners are changing landscapes and creating much-needed homes for wildlife."

He added: "It's a heartening contrast to the sadness of war."

Dr Walmsley added: "I came across the initiative thanks to a chance meeting with a local woodland consultancy IndiWoods and thought what a worthwhile thing to do.

"I now have exciting plans for the recently named Seppy's Wood. Using the arts, my aim is to give people the chance to connect with nature. I want to increase awareness of the world in which we live and the amazing world of trees."

The Woodland Trust's First World War Centenary Woods project has seen four flagship woods created, including one at Brackfield Wood in the Faughan Valley, close to Londonderry.

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