Crowd funding success as Heroes Wood set to take root

15 December 2016

City of Trees thanks the public for their support of crowdfunding appeal which reached its target, to support the creation of memorial woodland ‘Heroes Wood’.

City of Trees launched their appeal on 11 November to mark Armistice Day, asking the public for their support to help make Heroes Wood happen.

At the launch poppy seeds seeds were sown in the historic Debdale Park in Gorton, which at 45 acres is one of the largest inner city parks in the City of Manchester, creating a wildflower belt for the new woodland.

The leading environmental charity launched the crowdfunding campaign to help fund the creation of a memorial woodland – complete with 100 large oak and hazel trees - to help remember those who served their country in the Great War 1914-1918 and armed conflicts since.

Pete Stringer, City of Trees explains; “We wanted to create this wonderful woodland to give the people of Manchester a place of reflection and remembrance, a fitting lasting legacy for all those involved in conflicts since 1914”.

He adds; “We’ve been taken aback by the generosity of the public who have really dug deep to help make this commemorative woodland take root."

The fundraising campaign was given an extra boost from Our Manchester who pledged £5,000 alongside Greening Greater Britain and Wright Robinson College who donated £1,000.

Other large donations came in from individuals as well as Life for a Life Memorial Forests and The University of Manchester who both pledged £500.

The next steps for the project will be working with students from the school to help create the on-site signage as well as information for a website and resource booklet.

There will be another wildflower seed sowing event in the Spring to boost the poppy meadow, the footpath and memorial seating will be installed in early Autumn and the tree planting will take place in November 2017.

The woodland will be officially opened at a launch event on 11 November to mark Armistice Day, as well as forming part of the WW1 Centenary Events, which are taking place between 2014 – 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Pete Stringer, City of Trees comments; “Heroes Wood will make a beautiful new addition to Debdale Park, and we’re really excited that the public and our supporters have helped make this happen”.

The Heroes Wood project is led by City of Trees and is being supported by North of England Horticultural Society, Growing a Greener Britain, Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Living Memory Fund, Manchester City Council, Wright Robinson College, Friends of Debdale Park, Gorton Local History Group, Eastlands Homes, The University of Manchester, Life for a Life Memorial Forests, Paul Gray Landscape Architecture, One Manchester, The Manchester Regiment, Redgate Holdings Limited, Royal British Legion and Walking With The Wounded.

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