Armistice Centenary Trees

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Armistice Centenary trees

Phillip Bush

All over UK, and in several other countries as well, hundreds of new woods, containing millions of trees have been planted in the last year to commemorate those who served and died in the First World War, and the families who loved, supported, and mourned them. As part of this effort, Wiltshire Council has encouraged the planting of more than 10,000 trees in the county – approximately one for each Wiltshire man or woman who died.

In Winsley, our Parish Council has planted two oak trees (a Red Oak and an English Oak) by the “Winsley stone” at the Bradford on Avon end of the village as a permanent memorial to those from this village who took part. A plaque has been placed on the stone, reading:

“These trees were planted by Winsley Parish Council
to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War on November 11th 1918.
We honour the memory of all those who served and especially those who made the Supreme Sacrifice.
Winsley remembers them.”

There will be a short ceremony by the trees and a formal unveiling of the plaque at
11.30 am on Saturday 9 March. We hope that many members of the village will attend to honour the memories of those named on our War Memorial and of the nearly one million other British and Empire men and women who also died.

The names of all the 113 Winsley men who served in the War are recorded on the “Honours Board” which is now in the Winsley Club.