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First World War Tree Scheme Flourishing

Published Tuesday, 09 September 2014

An ambitious scheme to plant trees in Ribble Valley's 35 parishes in memory of the borough's First World War fallen continues this weekend.

Oak trees have been planted in 21 parishes, six will be planted on Friday, Sunday and Monday, and plans are being drawn up for the remainder.

The trees will bear plaques in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War.

A dove tree was also planted in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle on Monday 4 August, marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

From 2014 until the 100th anniversary of the official ceasefire, or Armistice Day, on 11 November 2018, communities across the world will come together to remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Councillor Ranson, who lost a great-uncle in the war, said: "We are all connected to the First World War, through our family history, the fallen in our local communities, or its long-term impact on society.

“I am honoured and humbled to be leading this tree-planting campaign to remember Ribble Valley’s fallen during my year as mayor.”

The First World War was a turning point in world history, claiming the lives of 16million people across the world and having a huge impact on those who experienced it.

As Ribble Valley did not exist until 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been liaising with parish councils on appropriate sites for the trees.

Forthcoming tree-plantings: 12 September – Chipping (11.00am), 14 – West Bradford (4.00pm), 15 – Dunsop Bridge (10.00am), Newton (10.45am), Waddington (11.30am), Grindleton (12.15pm). Everyone is welcome to attend the plantings.

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