Pentlands will be home to Scotland's WWI memorial woodland

The Woodland Trust has announced details of the second of four native woodlands it will create to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Image: Woodland Trust
Image: Woodland Trust

The woodlands are being created in each of the four home nations, and the Scottish wood will be on a 40-hectare site in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh.

Bordering existing woodland, the site has a military heritage, having been used for training by personnel, including from nearby Dreghorn Barracks, for more than a century.

Over the next four years more than 50,000 native trees will be planted, mostly this autumn and next spring, with help from local schoolchildren.

Features will include a memorial avenue of 50 wild service trees that will break into vivid reds in autumn, formal commemoration area will also be created to provide a focal point for remembrance.

Wildflowers including poppies will be sown to provide colour while the new trees grow and mature.

The charity is appealing to the Scottish public to raise £500,000 towards the cost of the project.

Woodland Trust Scotland director Carol Evans said: "Scotland's First World War Centenary Wood will be a beautiful place for people to come and remember the heroes of the conflict.

"We urgently need help from the public to create this living memorial, and to give thousands of people including schoolchildren the chance to plant a tree."

Last month the trust announced details of its planned centenary woodland in Northern Ireland's Faughan Valley. The locations of its English and Welsh sites are expected shortly.

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