Plant a tree with Mary

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Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE will be in Londonderry on Saturday, November 7, to help local people plant a tree at Brackfield Wood, the site of the Centenary Wood opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2014.

Dame Mary has called on local people and visitors to play a hands-on part in bringing the Centenary Wood to life and has appealed for local people to take part in tree planting between 12pm to 3pm at the site.

Dame Mary Peters CH DBE who will be planting trees at Brackfield Wood on Saturday (Photo: Darren Kidd, PE)

Dame Mary Peters CH DBE who will be planting trees at Brackfield Wood on Saturday (Photo: Darren Kidd, PE)

Set in the heart of Faughan Valley, just outside the city, Brackfield Wood, is one of four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In total, the Trust’s ambitious Centenary Woods project will see millions of trees planted in recognition of the millions of lives lost and affected by the war.

By the end of the project, our aim is to have 40,000 native saplings planted here, with swathes of glorious wildflowers including poppies. The trees will be a living, growing and respectful tribute to the people from Ireland who played a part in the war: the soldiers, their families and loved ones. It’s estimated that as many as 40,000 lost their lives, with countless others affected.

Dame Mary will perform a tree-planting ceremony at 1.45pm.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to plant a tree in remembrance of those who played a part in the First World War,” she said.

“In contrast to the loss and destruction, this will be a place of great beauty and tranquillity, a place where people can walk, relax and reflect and a haven in which wildlife can thrive.

“We do hope that as many people as possible: adults and children, local people and visitors, will join us and make a huge contribution through the simple act of tree planting.”

Brackfield Wood stretches by the banks of the beautiful River Faughan, just off the Glenshane Road, approximately seven miles outside the city.

Limited parking is available at a lay-by signed Brackfield Picnic Area and at the ruins of Brackfield Bawn.

Free refreshments will be provided.

If you are planning to attend wear stout footwear or welly boots.