Willow Burn Wood Launch
The wood at Allensford, on a site gifted by the late Sir Tom Cowie, was officially launched on Friday 17th May. To mark the event, Malcolm Kay planted a tree in memory of his late wife, Olga, who died at the hospice in March. Over 10,800 trees have now been planted and the ten-acre mixed woodland will provide an idyllic place to enjoy nature and to reflect and remember.
The Forestry Commission has pledged a £22,116 grant for the ambitious scheme. Rachel Sparks of the Forestry Commission said: "This project ticks so many boxes, we are delighted to offer it our highest level of grant support. There is also incredible enthusiasm for the scheme locally."
Individuals and companies now have the opportunity to sponsor a tree, or a package of woodland. Following earlier pre-launch discussions, four local companies have already signed up for sponsorship packages. All funds raised through sponsorship will contribute towards the development of a new purpose-built hospice. www.willowburnwood.co.uk