We have launched the Commemorative Woodland Appeal to raise £12,000 to create a reflective and interpretive space within the woodland, commemorating the part played by Herefordshire’s landscapes and people in the First World War.
The landscape of Herefordshire, and the UK at large, was changed forever by the Great War effort. Ancient woodlands were stripped, a generation of young men were lost, rural traditions and communities were changed forever.
The Commemorative Woodland
To commemorate the part played by Queenswood and by the whole county and its communities, we are creating a reflective space in the centre of a triangle of oaks. These trees are all 100 years old having grown up since the clear fell of the woodland.
We will commission an artist to design an installation for this space to create an immersive and contemplative experience for visitors and to stand as a memorial to World War One.
There will also be additional interpretive panels installed which will chart the role that Queenswood, the local community and the surrounding landscape played in the Great War. They will draw attention to the loss of life during trench warfare, the use of wood for the war effort, the creation of the Forestry Commission and the role of woman in the war effort as Lumber Gills, as members of the Women’s Land Army, and the Canary Girls of Rotherwas munitions works.
Funding and Donations
This project has been part-funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. However, we need to raise an additional £12,000 to make this project a reality and create a unique sculptural space within Queenswood Arboretum.
You can donate to the appeal online using a credit or debit card through our Just Giving page.
Alternatively, please send a cheque, made payable to ‘Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’ to: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, hereford, HR1 1UT and please mark your envelope ‘Commemorative Woodland Appeal’
The Appeal will run from 1st April 2018 to 30th November 2018