Patagonia donates to WWI centenary project

17 July 2017

Through their 1% for the Planet Foundation, Patagonia have made a $3,000 donation towards City of Trees’ Heroes Wood project. This builds on the success of a crowd-funding appeal that took place last year, raising £51,650.

Heroes Wood will see the creation of a memorial woodland in the 45 acre Debdale Park in Gorton – 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.

As well as the new woodland, there will be a wildflower poppy meadow, a central commemoration area with inscripted stone seating where people can sit and reflect, an accessible footpath leading in to the central area and a booklet produced by local schoolchildren telling the story of Gorton in the First World War.

Sian Day, City of Trees, Fundraising Manager said “It’s fantastic that Patagonia have supported the Heroes Wood project, alongside everyone who donated as part of the crowd-funding campaign.

This beautiful new addition to Debdale park will provide a place for residents of Gorton to visit, reflect and remember. As a charity we rely on donations from the public and our network of partners to deliver these kind of projects that connect people to the places that matter to them. We are very grateful for the support.”

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.

For more information on how you can support Heroes Wood or our wider work, contact Sian on sian@cityoftrees.org.uk or call 0161 8721660.