First World War tree planting project flourishes

Clitheroe WW1 commemorations, Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Michael Ranson planted a tree at a site near the Castle gates before lighting a tea light in memory of his great uncle James Ranson. He then invited people to light their own tea light in memory of someone. Clitheroe Castle 04.08.2014

Clitheroe WW1 commemorations, Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Michael Ranson planted a tree at a site near the Castle gates before lighting a tea light in memory of his great uncle James Ranson. He then invited people to light their own tea light in memory of someone. Clitheroe Castle 04.08.2014

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A project to plant trees in memory of First World War heroes continues this weekend.

The scheme will see trees planted in the Ribble Valley’s 35 parishes.

So far oak trees have been planted in 21 parishes, six will be planted on Friday, Sunday and Monday, and plans are being drawn up for the remainder.

The trees will bear plaques in memory of the hundreds of young men from the Ribble Valley who lost their lives during the war.

Friday will see a tree planted in Chipping at 11am, next to Village Hall.

Last month a dove tree was planted in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun Michael Ranson, who lost a great-uncle in the war, explained: “We are all connected to the First World War, through our family history, the fallen in our local communities, or its long-term impact on society.

“I am honoured and humbled to be leading this tree-planting campaign to remember Ribble Valley’s fallen during my year as mayor.”

From 2014 until the 100th anniversary of the official ceasefire, or Armistice Day, on November 11 2018, communities across the world will come together to remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

As Ribble Valley did not exist until 1974, precise records of the number of fallen in the borough do not exist, but it is believed to be around 1,000.

Ribble Valley Council has been liaising with parish councils on appropriate sites for the trees.

Everyone is welcome to attend the plantings and further details are available online at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk.