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Help create a new patch of nature in the name of peace
Peace will be coming to a park in Staffordshire in the form of a new area of nature. Beacon Park in the centre of Lichfield is to get its very own Peace Woodland - and volunteers are currently being sought to help carry out tree planting in January. Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield District Council have spent the last year working together on the Peace Woodland project. The council's parks team, together with volunteers, helped to pot 1,918 trees so they could be used in Lichfield Cathedral's Imagine Peace art installation in August. Thousands of people visited the cathedral to see the exhibition, created by Lichfield Cathedral's artist-in-residence Peter Walker, which commemorated the centenary of the First World War. Following the exhibition, the trees were cared for in Beacon Park's community garden, ready for them to be planted out as part of a Peace Woodland in the New Year
Paul Niven at the site of the Peace Woodland in Beacon Park
Green-fingered folk are now being asked to lend a hand in the effort to create the new wooded area in Beacon Park. The woodland, which will be next to the park's golf course, will be officially launched at Easter, and will feature a bronze plaque inscribed with names. Volunteers are now needed to help the council's parks team by attending a series of tree planting sessions in January. The community tree planting sessions will take place on:
Tuesday 8 January, 1pm to 3pm Saturday 12 January, 10am to 2pm Sunday 27 January, 10am to 4pm
All the planting sessions are dependent on the weather and ground conditions.
Part of the floral gardens at Beacon Park in Lichfield
Councillor David Leytham, Lichfield District Council Cabinet Member responsible for leisure, said: "It's been such a privilege to be a part of this project and we're looking forward to seeing the finished results and watching the woodland grow. So many volunteers have already helped with this project, and we hope even more of the local community will join our parks team to complete the huge job of planting so many trees in Beacon Park. Gardeners will need to wear warm, outdoor clothing and gardening gloves. And, if you have a spade you can bring along, that would be a great help. Don't forget to book your spot on the tree planting sessions so we know how many people to expect on the days." The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, added: "This Peace Woodland has been at the heart of our Armistice year here at Lichfield Cathedral and it will create a lasting testimony to peace. We are grateful to the district council and all the volunteer tree planters who have brought this vision to reality and hope by the spring the planting will be complete and we look forward to the next stage of this fantastic project when we dedicate the woodland in April."
Beacon Park's playground area
To book your place onto any of the tree planting sessions, please call Beacon Park on 01543 308867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about how to dedicate a name to peace, visit www.lichfield-cathedral.org/peace/peace-woodland by 31 December 2018.