Tuesday 29th November 2022

Wivenhoe community unites for Remembrance Day tree planting on our new housing site

Broomgrove Junior School pupils, joined by members of the Wivenhoe community, planted 55 memorial trees on the site of our housing development on Remembrance Day

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A Memorial to honour the warriors

Local resident Phil Long wanted to create a living memorial to honour the 55 men of Wivenhoe who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. He secured the trees from The Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project, but needed somewhere to plant them. We were happy to set aside an area on our upcoming development for the tree planting.

In addition to the trees, plaques of English oak were installed, stating the name of each serviceman being honoured and the name of the child who planted the tree.
Karen Wright, Interim Headteacher of Broomgrove Junior School said, “This is such a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be involved in a very special community event to celebrate remembrance of local people who lost their lives for our country.

“At our school, we value the outdoor environment and therefore we were very excited for our children to be planting trees in the village. We feel honoured to be part of this event and having our pupils’ names alongside names of the fallen shows how important remembrance is for all generations. We hope that members of our local community will enjoy visiting this area for years to come” 

David Pelle, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey London, said: “It’s wonderful that local children have been involved in the planting and will be able to keep coming back as both they and the trees grow. The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has made this all the more poignant and we hope that lots of local residents will find peace and solace walking through the trees for many years to come.”