Jan 08 2019

Leominster celebrates its Verdun Oak

On the 28 November during National Tree Week, Verdun Oak seedlings were presented to various local organisations and service veterans in Leomister, Herefordshire as part of a ceremony to commemorate the battle of Verdun.

The Verdun oaks project involved volunteers across the country tracing and verifying surviving oaks that had been grown from acorns brought back from the battlefields of Verdun. Fourteen oaks were identified, one of which is in Leominster.

Since it was identified, the local community have been pro-active in looking after their Verdun oak, which grows on The Grange, an open space in the centre of the town and celebrating its special history. The local Girl Guide group as part of Leominster in Bloom, collected acorns and succeeded in growing a number of saplings which were handed out in the ceremony.

Leominster in Bloom, supported by the Mayor of Leominster, Councillor Jenny Bartlett, presented verdun oak seedlings to the Mayors of the local market towns, to the Woodland Trust and Herefordshire Tree Forum. As one of the Woodland Trust’s Councillor Champions, Green Councillor Felicity Norman collected an oak seedling on our behalf, which will be planted at Easters Wood, just outside Leominster.

Other recipients included including service veterans and local organisations such as the Cartshed, a charity which provides woodland activities for people with mental health issues.

By Rachel Harries Engagement and Communications Officer South West

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