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Woodland Trust reveals plans for Centenary Woodland

Posted  15 December 2016 in News  
By Liz Robertson
Mark Wray Architects design for Woodland Trust memorial woodlands visitor hub

Potential plans for Langley Vale Wood, Epsom, have been revealed by the Woodland Trust. The charity is also asking the people of Surrey to don their wellies for a winter tree planting that will kick-start the site’s transformation.

2018 could see the biggest changes, including the possible creation of a visitor hub (designed by RIBA competition winner Mark Wray Architects), and a memorial sculpture made with a tree from war poet Wilfred Owen’s childhood home. The layout of Jutland Wood has also been designed, and a map showing range of new pathways and multi-use routes around the site has been created.

The Seeds to Trees project will continue in 2017, meaning communities can grow their own saplings before planting at the site. Volunteers will also be able to help out with wildlife surveys and the creation of Sainsbury’s orchard. The first activity to take place is a planting event this month:

Where: Langley Vale Wood, Surrey, KT18 6AP
When: Saturday 17 December, 10am -3pm
Booking contact: or 0330 333 5302
Parking: Use Epsom Downs Race Course, Car Park P2. A mini-bus will transport to the site.

It will be the first public tree planting event at the site since 2014, following a period of extensive surveys and planning.

On the day before, local primary schools will be planting at the site, and will also witness the ceremonial planting of an oak sapling to mark the centenary of the end of the Battle of Verdun. This particular tree has been grown on from a Verdun oak – a memorial tree grown from acorns collected from the scarred battlefields of Verdun during the First World War.

The Trust’s Centenary Woods Project seeks to commemorate the First World War – creating a living legacy that can grow and thrive for future generations. Langley Vale is the Trust’s 640 acre flagship site for England, and will be planted with tens of thousands of native trees and carpets of wildflowers. Schools and community groups can apply for free tree packs to create their own woodland. The project is supported by the Trust’s lead partner Sainsbury’s.

To find out more about the Centenary Woods Project and Langley Vale, please go to:


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