Tree planting project takes root

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An ambitious scheme to plant trees in Ribble Valley’s 35 parishes in memory of the borough’s First World War fallen has been launched.

The Great Wood scheme will see oak trees bearing plaques in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War planted across the borough.

Deputy Mayor Michael Ranson is hoping to get the trees planted throughout his mayoral year, which starts in May.

Schoolchildren will be given poppy and wildflower seeds for commemorative gardens at their schools.