The Country Park and the Somerset Wood commemorating WW1 fallen from Somerset

Posted on 12th November, 2018 in News

Something very special happened in our parish on Friday the 9th of November 2018: an event, which so deeply moved all who attended – old and young – that it will surely never be forgotten by a single one.

The special event was the dedication ceremony and inaugural planting of the First-World-War commemorative Somerset Wood. Located within the broader landscape of an extensive new Country Park to the south-east of Cheddon village, the woodland will eventually contain 11,281 broad-leaved trees – one for every service man and woman associated with our county, who fell in The Great War.

A large audience braved the elements to pay their respects and were told by Mrs. Anne Maw that the dedicating of Somerset Wood was the greatest official duty she had ever performed in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. Although this major project is still in its infancy, it is already clear that it is striking a chord across the county and taking on a life of its own. There will be plenty of well-publicised opportunities for local residents to become involved. Do what you can, and feel proud! This looks set to become the jewel in the crown of our Garden Town.

By Cllr Mike Batsch, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council

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