Display on WWI tree scheme is now at council offices

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent with the council's head of engineering services, Terry Longden.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent with the council's head of engineering services, Terry Longden.

An exhibition outlining an ambitious Ribble Valley Borough Council scheme to plant oak trees in 35 parishes in memory of the area’s First World War fallen has gone on display in the Council Offices.

It was previously displayed at the Steward’s Gallery at Clitheroe Castle for a visit by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent on November 26th. The display includes a map depicting the tree sites, photographs of several plantings and artwork with a First World War theme by pupils of St Mary’s Primary School, in Mellor.

Oak trees bearing plaques in memory of the hundreds of young Ribble Valley men who lost their lives during the Great War have been planted across the borough throughout the year. The Duke of Kent planted the last tree at Clitheroe Castle and unveiled a stone plaque donated by Waddington Fell Quarry featuring an inscription commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, as well as a section from Laurence Binyon’s poem, Ode of Remembrance.

Now the exhibition is to be displayed in the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, until the New Year, where anyone can call in to view it.

Terry Longden said: “His Royal Highness asked many questions about the tree-planting scheme and was particularly delighted with the artwork by the school pupils.”