Hundreds of Harrogate war heroes who lost their lives in battle will be honoured through the planting of hundreds of trees.
The project will see 1,200 trees – one for each soldier who died in the war – planted on land on the outskirts of the town and will serve as a lasting green tribute to the brave soldiers.
Local energy company CNG will part fund the planting and it forms part of the Woodland Trust’s ambitious goal to plant millions of trees across the UK as part of its First World War Centenary Woods Project.
Martin Needham, Head of Commercial at CNG said: “We see this project as having multiple benefits – honouring the heroes of the First World War, helping plant much needed trees and it is also important for our staff and customers.
“As an energy company we are aware some of our work has an impact on the environment and we’re committed to reducing that impact in a number of ways. We are currently funding the restoration of almost 60 acres of precious ancient woodland and this tree planting is our exciting next step.”
Schools, communities and businesses have already joined them on this project and CNG will be helping to create the first grove of its type in the north of England.