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Armagh wood is music to the ears 11 June 2018

Nine memorial woods springing to life in Northern Ireland

(via The Woodland Trust)


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Image by Dr Sally Walmsley

One hundred years ago a generation made an unimaginable sacrifice during the First World War.

Now, more than 100 landowners the length and breadth of the UK have joined with the Woodland Trust to create their own First World War memorial woods as a lasting tribute to those who lost lives and loved ones during the war.

From Nottingham to Newry, 130 new woodlands have been created, ranging in size from 10 hectares to a tiny tenth of a hectare. 

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

With support from Forest Service and the Woodland Trust, Sally has transformed over 5 hectares of grassland into a thriving young woodland. The saplings – which  include oak, wild cherry, rowan, hazel and crab apple – are right at home in a quiet corner of nature 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. And, in this case, local people get to benefit too. Schoolchildren have already rolled up sleeves to help with the tree planting and try their hand at some music. Sally’s a musician and I know she has plans to open up the wood to various groups, with a focus on teaching and encouraging music and arts. It’s a heartening contrast to the sadness of war.”

Read more via The Woodland Trust…