Av­enue of trees to mark war he­roes

It is 100 years since end of First World War

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - by Guy Bell gbell@thek­m­group.co.uk @gbel­lKM

A walk down an Av­enue of Re­mem­brance to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War has taken a step closer thanks to huge do­na­tions and hard work.

Shaun Card­well and his fel­low mem­bers of the Holling­bourne Mead­ows Trust launched their am­bi­tious plan to plant 100 trees in the vil­lage in Jan­uary.

They have since raised £35,000 and the scheme, la­belled Project 100, is just weeks away from be­gin­ning.

Mr Card­well, di­rec­tor of the Mead­ows Trust, said: “The first phase was to raise £35,000 so we could get the project off the ground and we have achieved that through crowd­fund­ing and we have had grants of £15,000 from Tesco and £9,990 from the Lot­tery. “

Work to re­seed the path­way at the plot of land off Culpeper Close has started as the Mead­ows Trust teams up with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion branch in Leeds and Holling­bourne.

Phase two in­cludes a £20,000 fundrais­ing tar­get to help pay for fenc­ing and sig­nage to thank the spon­sors be­hind the do­na­tions. A long-term goal of £250,000 in to­tal has been set with a view to hand­ing a big cheque over to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

Mr Card­well said: “There will be four sec­tions with 25 trees in each and they are go­ing to be Hawthron trees and then there will be oak trees or sil­ver birch in the cir­cle of peace in the mid­dle.

“Peo­ple can walk up and down and the trees will be for sale for any­one who has lost a loved one in any of the wars.

To find out more about Project 100 or to do­nate to the scheme visit tinyurl.com/proj100

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Holling­bourne Mead­ows Trust mem­bers

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