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‘Peace’ trees to mark Great War centenary

Waingroves Peace Plantation, John Stamp showing sapling trees to Ben Allsop, Tilly Morris and Morgan Clark at Waingroves Primary School.

Waingroves Peace Plantation, John Stamp showing sapling trees to Ben Allsop, Tilly Morris and Morgan Clark at Waingroves Primary School.

A primary school and a village trust are teaming up to plant more than 200 trees in a lasting memorial to World War One in Waingroves Community Woodland.

The village primary school and Waingroves woodland trust are joining forces to plant oaks, maples and holly on a half-acre site at the beauty spot off Waingroves Road in March.

Chairman of the trust John Stamp said: “We are hoping this plantation will be here in the next 100 years.

“What better reminder to the people of the future of than looking at these trees and a permanent plaque telling them of the Great War.”

Waingroves Primary School pupils, all 204 of them, are set to plant at least a tree each. The ‘whips’ or newly formed trees are being supplied to the project, called the Peace Plantation by Derbyshire County Council’s Tree Planting Scheme.

And the year five pupils will produce a scale plan of the plantation. A planting date is yet to be decided, but John and fellow trustee Mike Swinhoe will be visiting the school every Friday to help with the planning. The plantation will occupy a now cleared site formerly where silver birch planted in 1923 had reached the end of their natural life span. This year marks the 100 anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

 

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