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World War One commemorative wood planted on Marlborough Common

Deirdre and Malcom Watson plant their first treeDeirdre and Malcom Watson plant their first treeThe ten thousand Wiltshire soldiers who died in World War One are being remembered by the planting of ten thousand trees in the county. Today, February 7, six hundred of the trees have been planted in Marlborough. 

Marlborough Golf Club Manager, Les Trute has organised the project:  “It’s brilliant.  We’re really pleased to be part of the commemorative project and to remember the fallen.  We’ve planted the trees alongside the Rockley Road.  The Woodland Trust, who are sponsoring the project, thought this was a great location especially with its proximity to the cemetery.”

“A commemorative board explaining why the trees are there will be situated near the public footpath.  We hope the area will become a quiet contemplative space that everyone can enjoy.” 

From a safety point of view the trees will also protect cars from stray golf balls.  More trees will also be planted on the other side of the fairway.  Golfers, walkers and visitors to the cemetery will all be able to enjoy the trees for years to come.

Rob Greaves Head Greenkeeper demonstrates how to plant a treeRob Greaves Head Greenkeeper demonstrates how to plant a treeColin Hughes and Isobel Henry get ready for the tree plantingColin Hughes and Isobel Henry get ready for the tree plantingOver twenty volunteers, the council and golf club ground staff set to in blustery conditions to plant the trees.

Les told marlborough.news : “The wood will do more to enhance the Common which already is well used by the town.  Rugby, golf, tennis, the park run, junior football and dog walkers all make good use of the space. I’d like to remind people that the golf club house is open to the general public for food and drinks – at cheaper than High Street prices!”

 “We’ve had a great turn out and terrific support from the town and the town council.”

 

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