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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



02 December 2014

A Centenary Wood is springing to life thanks to the handiwork of local people and visitors who rallied to help the Woodland Trust plant the first of 40,000 native trees.

The 21 hectare gem, recently named ‘Brackfield Wood’, stretches alongside the River Faughan in the beautiful Faughan Valley in County Londonderry. Part of the Trust’s Centenary Woods project, this is one of four flagship woods taking shape throughout the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The trees planted will be a living and lasting tribute to the people from the island of Ireland who lost their lives during, or were affected by, the First World War.
Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said: “This site has the perfect location. As well as being a special place for remembrance and quiet recreation, the new wood will link and bolster the neighbouring pockets of woodland that dot the banks of the river. We want to create a continuous corridor for the valley’s precious wildlife, which includes endangered red squirrels, otters, kingfishers and purple hairstreak butterflies.”
The charity is now offering members of the public the chance to dedicate a tree in Northern Ireland’s Centenary Wood as a unique and lasting way to remember the countless individuals who served in, or lived during, the war. For further information on the tree dedication scheme, visit or call 0800 915 1914.
The Centenary Woods project is supported by lead partner Sainsbury’s, who are helping to plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War.