Last Wednesday, 28th March 2018, Assist Group took part in the launch of Upton’s ‘Fallen for the fallen’ project by felling the 100-year-old cedar tree.
The project is to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park, the Land Trust and the community in Upton are working in partnership to deliver ‘Fallen for the Fallen’.
Paul Edwards, a local wood carver, will use the cedar tree which was felled by Assist group to create a poppy trail leading from the War Memorial in Upton into the country park, passing by the Life for a Life Memorial Forest, to a carved wooden bench in the centre of the park.
The Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park are currently in discussion with the National Trust at Chirk Castle where a similar cedar tree, which fell there in 2014, was used to create a bench to commemorate the beginning of the war. The hope is that a link can be forged between the two memorials.
Describing some of the detail of the project, Andy Scargill from the Friends group said: “Each of the carved poppies along the trail will represent two or more of the soldiers whose names appear on the Upton War Memorial and local school children will work with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to sow wild flowers, including poppies, around each one.
“The children will also work with Julie Mitchell our town crier and local artist to create a mural which will represent and symbolise the learning journey the community has made reflecting upon World War One, the journey from the War Memorial to the Country Park and features the soldiers whose names are on the War Memorial. The mural will be displayed in a prominent local site to enable the community and visitors to see, and reflect upon, the children’s work.”
Organisers are hoping that people will be able to follow the trail to the memorial bench following a service at the Upton War Memorial on Remembrance Day. The poppies and bench will then remain in place as a permanent reminder of the human cost of war and a sign of hope for a peaceful future.
Anthony Payne, Business Manager at Assist commented, “We’re very proud to be invited to take part in such a fantastic project. Our team took extra care when felling the tree to make sure the tree was kept in good condition ready for Paul to carve. We can’t wait to see the finished product!”
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