Living Great War memorial takes root in Colchester

Date: Tuesday 01 July 2014

TWEL WW1 Commemorative Tree Planting web

An oak tree has been planted at one of our new homes developments in Colchester to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. 

Colchester Borough Council chose our Blenheim Park development to kick off a project which will see commemorative trees planted at new homes developments across the borough over the next four years.

The voluntary scheme sees the trees identified by a plaque and a preservation order placed upon the tree to protect it for generations to come.

An oak tree was planted at Blenheim Park during a ceremony on Thursday 12 June, which was attended by Colchester Borough Council members Cllr Tim Young, Cllr Lyn Barton, Cllr Nigel Offen and Cllr Pauline Hazell, Essex County Council member Cllr Dave Harris, plus Taylor Wimpey East London’s Managing Director, Simon Brown, and Design Manager, Tony Middlebrook.

In addition to planting commemorative tree at Blenheim Park, which is located off Circular Road West in Colchester, and The Quarters in Hooper Avenue, we will also be delivering an avenue of remembrance at our Praecedo development in Mersea Road. 

Michael O’Leary, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a thriving garrison town, Colchester has a rich military history and we feel this tree planting is a fitting tribute to the many young men who lost their lives in battle during the First World War.

“We hope our avenue of remembrance will become a place for quiet reflection for both the new residents of Praecedo and existing local residents.”

Cllr Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Planning Community Safety and Culture, adds: “With the centenary of the Great War taking place this year, we are encouraging developers starting work on the site in the borough to plant a tree to commemorate the enormous sacrifice 100 years ago. 

“It is hoped these trees will be a living testament to the sacrifice made by many Colchester residents in the First World War, leaving a lasting legacy of this hugely significant period of our nation’s history for future generations.”