16 November 2014: Scouts of all ages turned out on a damp, grey Sunday afternoon to plant a new copse of native trees. All those who made sacrifices in the First World War did so in the hope of securing a brighter future for the next generation. The 2nd Southwater Scout Group planted trees donated by the Woodland Trust to support a national initiative of thanks for those sacrifices, creating thousands of acres of life-giving woodland as a legacy for the whole country.
The Southwater Centenary Copse, planted on Parish Council land, will stand for all time, for everyone to enjoy. It is a space where songbirds can raise their voices in tribute to everyone affected by the War, and where future generations can run freely and play.
Group Scout Leader, Mike Lowis said: “This is a living memorial. 2nd Southwater Scouts will nurture and care for the trees for many years to come so all can enjoy what others gave the ultimate sacrifice for.”
The project was supported by Newbridge Nurseries Garden Centre; Nigel Wait offering planting advice. The Nursery donated canes, protective sheaths and bags of compost to ensure the saplings get a quick foothold in the Wealden clay soil. Trees planted include silver birch, rowan and wild cherry.
Planting involved Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Leaders and parents came to help and support the planting and creating of this living memorial to the Fallen.
Report and photo contributed by 2nd Southwater Scouts