Royal opening for first of WWI memorial woods

Princess Anne has officially opened Scotland's First World War Centenary Wood in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, unveiling a stone structure created as a space to rest, reflect and remember.

Image: Woodland Trust
Image: Woodland Trust

More than 50,000 native trees are being planted as a living memorial, in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Dreghorn Woods is one of four large areas of woodland that the Woodland Trust is creating through the First World War Centenary Woods project, supported by Sainsbury's.

Grant support for the project worth £80,000 has been awarded by Forestry Commission Scotland through the Scottish Rural Development Programme Rural Priorities woodland creation scheme.

Defence Infrastructure Organisation regional executive officer Kim Torp-Petersen said: "We're proud to be a part of this project, because as well as providing a place to reflect and remember those who lived through the First World War, the woodland at Dreghorn will offer operational benefits to our soldiers by delivering an enhanced environment for military training."

The princess also planted a rowan tree to complete a grove within the woods dedicated to the hundreds of soldiers from Leith who died in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster in 1915.

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