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Village woodland set to help honour war heroes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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PARISH council chiefs have revealed they plan to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War in an growing village in South Derbyshire.

Hilton Parish Council announced that proposals to mark the occasion would include the creation of a special woodland to mark those who gave their lives for their country 100 years ago.

The scheme will be officially opened later this year in a ceremony set to include current members of the armed forces.

A spokesman for the parish council said: A wildflower meadow and woodland has been created on the site of derelict Ministry of Defence land, with trees planted by the local community. South Derbyshire District Council has landscaped the area and sown wildflowers.

“After the Downing Street directive regarding the commemoration of the start of the Great War, Hilton Parish Council decided to dedicate 25 of the newly planted trees to the memory of the men from Hilton, Hoon and Marston-on-Dove who sacrificed their lives, not only in the Great War, but the Second World War and The Falklands Conflict.

“The trees are to be marked with individual permanent plaques and bluebells planted in drifts and around the bases of these trees, which should in time create a bluebell carpet. The trees have been carefully chosen to enable brothers, cousins, friends and men who fought and died together to be reunited.

“The dedication, on August 4, will take the form of a drumhead service involving current members of the armed forces and Hilton Primary School children.

“At the service, an inscribed granite plaque, donated by South Derbyshire District Council, will be unveiled and Poppy crosses will be placed against the trees by relatives and the children.”

At the time of the First World War and the Second World War, Hilton was a much smaller village than it is now, hence the commemoration for the 25 fallen, compared to say 60 who died from Tutbury during the two wars.

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