Children to plant Trafalgar woodland


A commemoration of the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar is to take place by planting woodlands. Hundreds of schoolchildren across North Norfolk are planting as part of a national project co-ordinated by the Woodland Trust with each named after a ship of the line at the battle on October 21, 1805.

The Norfolk wood is on a 11.5-acre site owned by the Holkham Estate, overlooking the village of Burnham Thorpe, where Admiral Nelson was born in 1758.

The earmarked plot is arable farmland at present but will be planted with more than 10,000 native species, including oak, ash, beech and Scots pine to link it to a network of existing hedges and a line of alder and willow.

The trust is hoping to fundraise throughout Norfolk to help provide tree packs and youngsters' planting sessions so more schoolchildren can take part. A range of free materials has been produced to enable all schools across the UK to organise their own planting events. They include a Trafalgar Woods poster, teacher notes, handy fact sheets, access to Nelson's fleet crew list plus hedge and copse packs.

Tonnant Wood will be among 33 new woodlands being created across the UK to mark the anniversary of Trafalgar and celebrate the important role British timber played in our naval heritage.

Any schools wanting to take part in the tree planting should visit www.treeforall.org.uk/trafalgar/schools.

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