by Kaye Coates, Communications Officer - Northern Ireland
on 24 October 2017
Brackfield Wood, just outside Derry/Londonderry, is one of just four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
We’ve already planted almost 28,000 native saplings here – part of an ambitious 40,000 target. The trees will be a flourishing, lasting and peaceful tribute to the people of Ireland who played a part in, or were affected by, the war.
By the banks of the stunning River Faughan, Brackfield is well worth a visit at any time of the year. Autumn, however, with its vibrant golds and russet reds brings a truly spectacular treat.
We hope you will join us for a special ceremonial event and experience Brackfield in its full autumn glory. Saturday 11 November, at 2pm, is the date for the diary. The event is free of charge, but booking in advance is essential.
In the run up to Remembrance Sunday, this is a poignant occasion beginning with short talks and the planting of a ceremonial tree. Afterwards, roll your sleeves up to plant a sapling or take part in a guided walk.
This is a chance to remember those who sacrificed so much. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy a breath of fresh air and hear first-hand about our future hopes and plans for this special Centenary Wood.
With over half of the trees now planted and paths and entrances in place, we’re setting our sights on 2018, which will see the culmination of our Centenary Woods project.
We’re pulling out all the stops with our fundraising efforts and, funding permitting, will implement some unique commemorative touches.
A poetry trail is high on the agenda. This will consist of stone pieces, each carved with a short thought-provoking poem by the renowned Dr Sam Burnside MBE. The stone sculptures will lead visitors from the wood’s entrance through to a special commemorative grove area.