Great progress has been made at Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood this winter. Some 13,500 trees have been planted at Dreghorn Woods outside Edinburgh, bringing the total number to 23,500.
Many of these trees were put in the ground during a community planting week involving local schools and staff from our corporate partners GVA, Nationwide Building Society and People’s Postcode Lottery. The week ended with a public planting day attracting 60 volunteers, including RAF Cadets, Scouts and members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Scotland. 5,000 trees were planted during the week - a brilliant effort!
A collaborative effort
The Woodland Trust Scotland is working in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) - the MOD’s property and services provider - to create the new wood. The First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury's.
Major (retd) Kim Torp-Petersen, DIO’s regional executive officer for Scotland, said: “We’re proud to be a part of this project. It provides a place to reflect and remember those who lived through the First World War, but, in addition, creates a woodland where training can take place in years to come.”
A living thank you
Located in the Pentland Hills, Scotland’s Centenary wood is a living, growing thank you to everyone who lived through the First World War, from those who paid the highest price and their families, to the hardworking men and women off the battlefield. The high level of interest in the project from Edinburgh and all over Scotland has been very moving and anyone can dedicate a tree in the wood to remember a family member who lived through the war.
We will be helping landowners across Scotland to plant their own Centenary Woods, starting on 10 March 2018 when we’ll be supporting Forestry Commission Scotland in creating 51ha of native woodland at Port of Menteith, near Aberfoyle. Having helped to plant Bruichladdich Centenary Wood on Islay in November 2017, we’re looking forward to heading back to the island in April to support the creation of a second Centenary Wood, on Dunlossit Estate.