somerset wood

Volunteers from the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to join a new project that will see thousands of trees planed to create a new Somerset Wood in memory of the county’s fallen from World War One.

The first batch of 1,200 broad-leaved trees will be delivered by The Woodland Trust in the first two weeks of 2019 and organisers want to get them in the ground before the end of February.

A second phase will take place in winter 2019/20, with a third phase in the winter of 2020/21 if needed, creating a living memorial to the County’s Fallen.

The Somerset Wood project is a joint partnership between local councils.  Located in the largely rural parish of Cheddon Fitzpaine to the north of Taunton and west of Monkton Heathfield, 14,000 trees will eventually be planted to create a community wood in honour of the 11,281 Somerset residents who died in World War One.

Covering 23 acres, the wood will be a place for wildlife and peace within a planned Country Park that will be an integral part of Taunton’s Garden Town status.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Alan Hall at West Monkton Parish Council, at alanhall@westmonkton.net or by calling 07811 321638; or Jo Pearson, Clerk at Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council, at cheddon@live.co.uk or on 07891 529809.