Cng and woodland trust honour Harrogate's fallen

26 February 2016

Hundreds of Harrogate war heroes who lost their lives in the First World War will be honoured through the planting of hundreds of trees.

The project, which commenced this week, will see 1,200 trees – one for each soldier who died in the war – planted on land on the outskirts of the town and will serve as a lasting green tribute to the brave soldiers.

The energy company will part fund this planting and it forms part of the Woodland Trust’s ambitious goal to plant millions of trees across the UK as part of its First World War Centenary Woods Project.

Schools, communities and businesses have already joined them on this project and CNG will be helping to create the first grove of its type in the north of England.

Pip Borrill, Project Manager of the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project, said: “It is brilliant that we are coming together with CNG for this project. Those who made sacrifices in the First World War did so to secure a brighter future for the next generation. “Trees are a wonderful lasting tribute but they are also beautiful, life giving and allow memories to grow along with them in time. Thanks to these trees, hundreds of people who lost their lives will be remembered for centuries to come.”

Martin Needham, Head of Commercial at CNG said: “We are so excited to be helping to create a lasting legacy. We see this project as having multiple benefits – honouring the heroes of the First World War, helping plant much needed trees, and it is also important for our staff and customers.

“As an energy company we are aware some of our work has an impact on the environment, and we’re committed to reducing that impact in a number of ways. We are currently funding the restoration of almost 60 acres of precious ancient woodland and this tree planting is our exciting next step.”

The trees are being part funded by the Woodland Trust and CNG as part of the charity’s MOREwoods project. MOREwoods is a UK-wide scheme which provides financial and practical support to landowners wanting to plant trees on their land.

These commemorative trees will be planted on land owned by Chris French, who has supported the Woodland Trust MOREwoods project for five years, having already planted over 3000 trees. He sees the purpose of planting trees for future generations well as a way of giving back to the community.

Chris said: “Being from Harrogate it is really special that these trees will mark our heroes and I am immensely proud to be part of it. They will not only serve as a lasting reminder of local heroes, but also create a place for nature and tranquillity, trees are also important in terms of helping the land to retain nutrients, provide shelter from the elements and support wildlife. “But of course it is the historic connection that is so important here – seeing the trees grow for future generations will just be fantastic.”

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