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2005 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson.
To celebrate this centenary we worked with the Society for Nautical Research to planting a new wood for each of the 27 ships of the line in the fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Schoolchildren took part in our programme of education and planting, designed both to inform and to inspire. In addition to the creation of 27 new woods across the UK, we offered givweaway trees and shrubs to schools, enabling them to commemorate the Battle and improve their own grounds.
Trees and timber played a crucial part in our maritime past. By planting trees in our new Trafalgar Woods with the children of today, we can help to bring history to life, forging a link with the events of the past through practical action and breathing new life into our landscape.
Where are the Trafalgar Woods?
For a location map of all the Trafalgar Woods:
Download our UK map (PDF, 1.2MB)
The flagship Trafalgar Wood is our very own Victory Wood.
During the summer of 2004, and after a long search, we found a spectacular site for the wood in Kent, with wonderful views overlooking the sea and the Isle of Sheppey near the mouth of the Medway where Victory and six other ships were built.
We launched a fundraising appeal to raise £2.25 million to make this happen. We are very grateful to everyone who is contributing towards this appeal and particularly John Marston, whose individual gift made the purchase of the site possible.