A “tree from the trenches”

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has been planted to com­plete Scot­land’s First World War Cen­te­nary Wood, cre­ated as a liv­ing me­mo­rial to all who served. Vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the armed forces be­gan work at Dreghorn in Ed­in­burgh in 2014, with 24,000 na­tive trees planted across 23 hectares over the last four years. The fi­nal tree is a Ver­dun oak, de­scended from an acorn col­lected on the bat­tle­field in France.

Af­ter the war, the mayor of Ver­dun, scene of some of the fiercest fight­ing, sent acorns from the bat­tle­field to Eng­land and saplings were then sold to raise money for for­mer ser­vice­men.

The Wood­land Trust tracked down some of th­ese now ma­ture trees and acorns were col­lected and grown on by in­mates at HMP Don­caster. One of th­ese saplings was planted as the fi­nal tree at Dreghorn Cen­te­nary Wood yes­ter­day by a de­scen­dant of two broth­ers killed on the same day dur­ing the Bat­tle of Ypres in 1917. Carol Evans, di­rec­tor of the Wood­land Trust Scot­land, said: “Th­ese new woods which have been cre­ated over th­ese past four cen­te­nary years will stand as a liv­ing, grow­ing thank you to ev­ery­one who lived through the con­flict, from those who paid the high­est price and their fam­i­lies, to the hard-work­ing men and women off the bat­tle­field.”

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