100 trees for 100 years

Centenary Wood

Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, Cllr Ian Harvey, led a special ceremony on 14 November to mark the planting of 100 trees in Thameside, Laleham Park, in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Comprising silver birch, whitebeam, hornbeam and alder trees, Centenary Wood forms part of a programme of initiatives and events aimed to give thanks for peace and to remember the sacrifice of the 851 soldiers lost from the local area and named on the war memorials in the Borough. An information board setting out the significance of the wood will be placed near the site.

In addition to the 100 trees, a further 751 trees will be planted around the Borough over the coming months to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives during WW1.

Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE, Mayor of Spelthorne, said: "The Centenary Wood is a beautiful spot and provides the perfect place to reflect on the sacrifices made by previous generations. I think it's a very fitting tribute to those brave soldiers who fought, lived and died in the First World War. I hope residents will visit the area to see the trees."