To commemorate 100 years since the end of the 1st World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918, an established Oak tree 5m in height was planted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 8th February 2018. Many attending had to wear wellies. The tree was planted in the lower part of Mere’s Victorian Cemetery on an area of grass that will not be used for graves. The cemetery fittingly has war graves registered by the commonwealth war graves commission.
The idea of tree planting to commemorate the end of The First World War was originally suggested by the Woodland Trust and advertised further by Wiltshire Council. The approximate numbers discussed with the Woodland Trust was 5,000 trees for the creation of a central Memorial Woodland for Wiltshire and 5,000 available for distribution to the 18 community areas (South West Wiltshire is treated as one community area). The intention was to keep the allocation flexible.
The saplings were only 20 – 60cm tall and all came with a bamboo cane and 60com spiral tree protection, Mere Town Council decided to purchase one substantial Oak.
Text and picture by George Jeans, Mere