On Wednesday 24th June, we participated in the official opening of the Centenary Wood in Epsom.
HRH Princess Anne was in attendance and officially named it ‘Langley Vale Wood’. It was a day that celebrated the rich history of the site through recreating the sights and sounds of First World War Epsom.
The 10th Essex Regiment Living History group created vignettes of life on a First World War training camp (including bayonet and gas training), while a re-enactment of horse logging and charcoal maki was given in nearby woodland. A fly past from the Great War Display Team was also featured in the celebrations.
The local Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and The Vale primary school children attended to talk about the 10,000 trees they helped plant on site to kick-start its transformation into a beautiful place for remembrance.
Philippa Borrill, the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods project manager said:
“We were thrilled to have Princess Anne officially name our Centenary Wood in Epsom. It was a wonderful day, which celebrated the rich history of Epsom and Langley Vale Wood itself, by re-enacting the day-to-day activities of the First World War training camp.”
You can read more here – The Woodlands Trust Centenary Woods Project.
2015 – The Woodlands Trust