We will stand for those who fell – Will you stand with us?
At the Woodland Trust, we are absolutely committed to two things: standing up for the nation's priceless native woodlands and the rich variety of wildlife they support, and creating new woods throughout the UK, which are freely open for all to enjoy. Our next woodland creation project is something really special and local to you and as a resident of Surrey, we hoped you might want to be part of it.
One hundred years ago, the First World War broke out and the landscape of Europe changed forever. Over the next four years, the nation will be remembering the sacrifices made by ail those who served and we're honouring their bravery by creating thousands of acres of commemorative Centenary Woodland that will stand for the next 100 years, and more.
Our flagship Centenary Wood will be near Langley Vale, Epsom
The first and flagship Centenary Wood will be sited somewhere you might be familiar with: Langley Vale, near Epsom. We're in the process of acquiring 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields near Great Hurst Wood. Surrey is already home to more of the nation's ancient woodland than any other county, and the Centenary Wood will build on that, acting as a tranquil safe haven that will expand the established wildlife corridors and help native flora and fauna to thrive.
It's an ambitious project that will benefit everyone in the area and we'd really appreciate your support. Our flagship Centenary Wood will cost somewhere in the region of £9 million. Can you help? Every pound you are kind enough to donate will go directly towards the creation of this very special new wood in Epsom.
Looking out for the locals for the next 100 years
The Centenary Wood in Epsom will take care of local wildlife for years to come. It will provide a habitat for the rare tree sparrow, whitethroat and wren. The daylight-loving little owl will swoop and dive, hunting amongst the 200,000 new broadleaf trees, and a carpet of wildflowers will serve as a sweet-scented buffet for busy bustling bees. By creating a peaceful space designed to protect and nurture new life, we're remembering those who served in what we feel is a really beautiful, symbolic way.
A tribute to our forefathers that your grandchildren can enjoy
The great thing about this project is it's a brilliant opportunity to connect people, especially children, to both the natural world and the significance of the First World War. Whether you choose to donate or not, we hope you and your family will spend time enjoying the thoughtfully planted woodland, and watching it flourish and grow.
Will you stand with us?
Your local Centenary Wood will support thousands of new lives, in memory of the millions who lost theirs in the Great War and it's just the start. We're in the process of identifying further Centenary Woodland sites across the country and we aim to plant millions of trees to commemorate the First World War. We'd love it if you could help. To make a donation, complete and return the slip below in the enclosed reply paid envelope, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/fwwsurrey or call 0845 293 5858.
I do hope you can stand with us and help support the growth of something really special.
Nicola Nicholls Woodland Trust Chair
To find out more about the Centenary Woodland project and to make a donation, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/fwwsurrey or call 0845 293 5858.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon (1914)