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Living memorial for Scotland's First World War heroes

Scotland's First World War heroes will be commemorated by new native woodland in the Pentland Hills, south of Edinburgh.

Over the next 4 years, more than 50,000 trees, including oak, birch and rowan, will be planted on land that has been used by army personnel for training for more than a century.

The Woodland Trust Scotland is working in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to create Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood on the Ministry of Defence training estate at Castlelaw and Dreghorn.

Forty hectares of native woodland will extend and buffer existing woods used by soldiers for training. In time, the new woodland will be used by troops on exercises at the training area.

A memorial avenue of 50 wild service trees, sometimes known as chequer trees, will break into vivid reds in autumn, and wildflowers including poppies will provide colour while new trees grow and mature. A formal commemoration area will provide a focal point for remembrance.

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