First World War Tree Scheme Nears CompletionPublished Monday, 29 September 2014
An ambitious scheme to plant trees in Ribble Valley's 35 parishes in memory of the borough's First World War fallen is nearing completion.
Twenty-seven oak trees have been planted, nine will be planted next Monday and Tuesday (6 and 7 October), and the remaining four during Remembrance weekend in November. Parishes with more than one village have received more than one tree.
The trees 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 are coming 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 delighted that so many parishes have supported the tree-planting campaign and helped create a ‘living’ memorial to the borough’s brave young men and their loved ones.”
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: 6 October – Balderstone (9.30am), Osbaldeston (10.00am), Mellor (10.30am), Copster Green (11.30am), Salesbury and Clayton-le-Dale (noon), Ramsgreave (12.45pm). 7 October – Bolton-by-Bowland (10.00am), Slaidburn (11.00am), Longridge (noon).
Everyone is welcome to attend the plantings.