OVER the next four years, the Woodland Trust will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War by planting millions of trees across the country – and you have the chance to create a lasting tribute to a member of your family who sacrificed their life by dedicating a tree in their memory.

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, championing native woods and trees. It owns more than 1,000 sites across the UK, and now his ambitious plans to create four Centenary Woods – one each in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – to commemorate the anniversary. These woods will offer a unique place for reflection, with trees planted in memory of people who gave their lives.

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Donations made towards the project will play a huge part in purchasing, developing and caring for the new woods.

The Trust and The Northern Echo are hoping readers will dedicate a tree in one of the Centenary Woods. Your donation of £20 will enable the Trust to plant on your behalf a single tree, which will become part of a larger woodland story and stand as a peaceful tribute for future generations to appreciate.

It is hoped that planting acres of land with native, broadleaved trees will transform local landscapes and will help woodland wildlife to thrive.

So dedicating a tree in the Centenary Woods is a lasting, unique and very personal way to commemorate those who lived and died during the First World War. And practically every family in the country has someone who gave their all and so deserves to be remembered in this lasting, unique and personal way.

The Northern Echo would also like to publish the most interesting and moving dedications made by local people as they dedicate their trees.

To find out more about the project, to dedicate a tree or to make a contribution to any of the Woodland Trust’s four flagship sites simply visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mylocalpaper or call 0800 915 1914.

*The Woodland Trust has come to a commercial agreement with Newsquest, publisher of The Northern Echo, in return for its valuable national support of this initiative.

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