On Thursday, 7 February 2019 around 60 hardy volunteers met at Marlborough Golf Club to plant trees on Marlborough Common as part of the Woodland Trust's nationwide initiative to create Centenary Woods. This project is creating woods across the country to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, planting a tree for every soldier who fell.
The idea started at Marlborough Tennis Club, where 100 were planted in last year's planting season. Another 500 were planted on 7 February - a good time of year to plant bare rooted trees - on a site near the Cemetery and beside a well-used footpath. Les Trute, General Manager of Marlborough Golf Club, met up with the Woodland Trust to choose the ideal spot. In time it will form a nice avenue beside the fairway at the 15th hole, and an information board will be added to explain to visitors and future generations why the wood was planted.
The trees are all indigenous species and include Goat Willow, Silver Birch, Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Rowan, Oak, Whitebeam, Hazel, Dogwood and Holly - so lots of year-round interest and wildlife friendly habitat for our beautiful Common.
Thanks go to all the members and local volunteers who made light work of the planting. Luckily the heavy snow that fell a few days before had cleared but they still faced a windy and showery day. Thanks go to the Golf Club for arranging the event and providing the very welcome hot drinks before and after the planting. The Town Council helped out with planting and promoting the event, which is a fitting and lasting conclusion to the events held across the town in remembrance of World War 1.
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A few photos in and around the town of the heavy snow that fell the weekend before the tree planting