The week running up to Armistice Day will be an important one for our Wales First World War Centenary Wood, and we are inviting our members and supporters to come along and share it with us.
The centrepiece of our Centenary Wood at Coed Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire will be a life-sized war horse sculpture, created out of Corten steel by the designer Steve Tomlinson. The work is nearly ready for delivery, but on its way to Coed Coed Ffos it will spend a day outside the Senedd, the home of the Welsh Assembly on Cardiff Bay, to give assembly members and members of the public the chance to see and admire it. There will also be an exhibition inside the Assembly.
The surface of the sculpture will be made up of leaves of Corten steel that rusts and seals as it ages. The leaves chosen, oak, field maple, alder, beech, willow and holly, represent some of the different ways in which wood and timber were used in the war. And the heart of the sculpture will be a horseshoe found on the site, probably from the former farm holding which once stood there.
Naming the sculpture
You may remember that over the summer we organised a competition asking members of the public to suggest names for the horse. The winning entry in the naming competition is still a tightly guarded secret, but will be announced at a special ceremony outside the Senedd at 11 am on 6 November by Jane Hutt AM, Leader of the House at the Welsh Assembly, in the presence of the horse itself.
You are warmly invited to come along and share this special moment with us. If you’d like to join us, please let us know by booking here.
Wales’ Centenary Wood
One of our four Centenary Woods, our aim at Ffos Las it to create a special woodland, one that will stand tall in honour of the generation of 100 years ago, providing a lasting tribute to all those involved in the First World War. By the end of the project, we will have planted over 90,000 trees at the site. The centrepiece, the commemorative feature, will be this horse sculpture. Featuring different leaf shapes, the sculpture highlights the key role played by woods and trees in the First World War. It will also commemorate more than a million war horses and mules who served in the British Army in that terrible conflict.