The Peace Woodland being planted

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A new Peace Woodland will be officially unveiled in Lichfield on Easter Sunday.

More than 1,300 people have dedicated the names of loved ones and family members to the project marking the centenary of World War One.

The Peace Woodland – a permanent living artwork created from 1,918 sapling trees in Beacon Park – is the brainchild of Lichfield Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Peter Walker.

The Peace Woodland being planted

Peter, who has spent time working with the volunteers at Beacon Park Community Garden, said: “This project really caught the imagination of the volunteers here – they have become part of this creative installation of living art.”

A six-foot bronze plaque will be unveiled by Lichfield District Council in early summer bearing the names of all those who sponsored the project.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, said: “The Peace Woodland was at the heart of our Armistice year here at Lichfield Cathedral.

“It is fitting that on Easter Sunday, when we celebrate new life and resurrection, we bless the new life and hope symbolised by this permanent living artwork.

“We are grateful to everyone who chose to sponsor and dedicate a tree and be part of this peace project during 2018. We also thank Lichfield District Council and all the volunteer tree planters who have brought this vision to reality.

“We hope the Peace Woodland will become a potent symbol, one that reminds us of the sacrifices made in war, and our ambition always to strive for peace, for freedom, and for hope.

The saplings were first exhibited in temporary woodland planted in front of Lichfield Cathedral last summer as part of The Great Exhibition: Imagine Peace.

Paul Niven, community gardener for Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s such a privilege to have been involved in this important project.

“We’ve worked hard caring for and planting these 1,918 saplings and the Peace Woodland will be a wonderful new addition to Beacon Park.”

The Easter Sunday service is at 11am on 21st April in Lichfield Cathedral followed by prayers and blessing at the new Peace Woodland in Beacon Park at 1pm.


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