Over in Wales at the Dunes at Whitesands Camping near St Davids, owners Richard and Francesca Syrett have created one acre of new woodland across a five acre plot, planting a thousand trees in memory of those who served in the First World War. They’ve also planted 3,000 trees and shrubs to create new sections of hedgerow.
“I believe it’s a lovely thing to do, to be able to plant woodland in memory of so many who fought and lost their lives for us,” said Francesca.
“We’re also keen to provide more shelter for our guests at this coastal campsite, as well as reducing our carbon footprint. We’re keen to provide habitats for pollinators and all kinds of wildlife. The trees offer our campers privacy and also a natural feel, their own bit of heaven.”
The Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by lead partner Sainsbury’s. The retailer is helping us to plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War through donations from sales of products including woodland eggs, chicken and turkey.
Four flagship woods have been created at Langley Vale, Surrey, Dreghorn Woods, near Edinburgh, Coed Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire and Brackfield Wood in County Londonderry, as well as the many community woods.
Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury's Group, said:
“We’re pleased to support such a fitting memorial to those affected by the First World War. It’s important to our customers and colleagues, and commemorative to the many, many people who fell during World War One.
“As well as choosing our high welfare woodland products, our customers know they’re also playing a part in a great cause that we’ve supported for over 10 years.”
Notes to editors
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters.
The Trust has three key aims: i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.