First new Centenary Woodland details revealed

The Woodland Trust has revealed details of the first of four First World War memorial woodlands it intends to create in the four constituent nations of the UK.

HRH Princess Anne with Patrick Cregg - image:Woodland Trust
HRH Princess Anne with Patrick Cregg - image:Woodland Trust

The plans for a Centenary Wood for Northern Ireland were announced during a visit to the Province by the trust's patron Princess Anne.

The 20-hectare site in County Londonderry's Faughan Valley currently consists of a pocket of ancient woodland surrounded by grassland.

Director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland Patrick Cregg said: "Here, we aim to plant up to 40,000 native trees and create carpets of wildflowers, including iconic poppies. And we hope that a special memorial area, possibly by the banks of the stunning River Faughan, will provide a place for quiet reflection.

"This new wood will be a living, lasting tribute to the people from the island of Ireland who fought or supported others during the war."

Members of the public will have a chance to offer ideas and find out more at a public consultation meeting this summer, while schools, youth groups and community groups can take part in the lanting.

The site was purchased with the assistance of Northern Ireland Environment Agency, a number of charitable trusts and foundations, and individual donors. The wood's creation will be in partnership with Sainsbury's.

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