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The Woodland Trust is intending to plant 6,097 saplings (one for each British sailor lost) in an 8 acre Jutland Wood within its 640 acre Langley Vale First World War Centennial Wood near Epsom, Surrey. A spokesperson, in a telephone interview on BBC local radio (Click FFD to approx 02:23), said that the wood's outline would take the form of a ship with the saplings planted in wave patterns rather than a more conventional grid arrangement, also that it was planned to plant fourteen semi-mature oaks to commemorate each of the British ships lost.

NigelS

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Excellent another one to add to my list of "Completely pointless 100th Commemorations" I do hope they keep this up, mind you having just watched part of the Jutland official service on the telly this is also a very strong candidate.

N :thumbsup:

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David Ridgus

Me too.

Sorry Norman, although I entirely share your view on the Somme shrouds, I don't see why this idea is 'pointless.' If in the future folk walking in 'Jutland Wood' are moved to ask why it is called this and as a consequence learn something about the sacrifice of those involved, isn't that a worthwhile act of remembrance?

David

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I must say I rather like the Jutland Wood idea - oaks - long living, naval resonance; something semi permanent and not here and gone tomorrow. Not bad.

The service(s) was/were not too bad either, I thought: just compare it to Verdun. I thought it had dignity (though they were very lucky with the weather, as compared to the cemetery event near Verdun).

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Excellent another one to add to my list of "Completely pointless 100th Commemorations" I do hope they keep this up, mind you having just watched part of the Jutland official service on the telly this is also a very strong candidate.

N :thumbsup:

Nice to see you are being objective and constructive on this laudable scheme.

Yes, some ideas are more thought through than others, but this seems one of the more sensible/sustainable.

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Can't think of a better way of safeguarding a part of 'England's green & pleasant Land' than by creating woodlands to commemorate those that died protecting it.

NigelS

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More trees, yes but can anyone tell me how visitors will know that they are planted in the shape of a ship, I suppose a helicopter would help.

N

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