TREES planted at a special community orchard in Overseal will be named after soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.
The commemorative orchard at Daisy Lane is due to be opened in 2014 to celebrate the centenary of the start of the war and will see a variety of fruit trees grown.
Overseal Parish Council is currently making preparations for the orchard and is in the process of choosing which trees will be planted.
At a meeting of the parish council on Thursday at Overseal Village Hall, Councillor Mark Knight who is heading up the project, said it would be a way for people to pay tribute their ancestors.
He said: “Each tree will represent an individual so that this would then be their ancestors tree.
“People may be able to choose what kind of tree for their ancestor, for example, a damson tree .”
A list of trees have now been identified to be planted at the orchard. They include 14 different types from within the Midlands area, including apple, pear and plum.
There will be 31 trees planted; 19 to honour soldiers from the First World War, and 12 to commemorate soldiers from the Second World War, to be planted in two blocks
The planting of the trees is set to begin in November and volunteers can get involved.
Leicestershire Heritage Apples, which grows apples, have been asked to graft the required space.
The land is owned by South Derbyshire District Council but an agreement has been made with the parish council for it to use the land as part of a shared scheme.
The commemorative orchard will be officially opened next year, and a small team of volunteers will be set up to maintain the grass around the trees until they become established.
The plans are part of the parish council’s proposals to mark the centenary since the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.
A funding request will be put in to the National Forest.
Anyone who wants to volunteer to help plant the trees can contact Councillor Mark Knight by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07790 342474.