Friday, 19th November 2004
Twelve trees have been planted at the Crook o'Lune to mark the opening of the Memorial Forest charity scheme.
Lancashire County Council has entered into an initiative with the 'Life for a Life' charity to allow families to commemorate the memory of a loved one or a cherished friend by planting a tree at the two-hectare site.
Trees can be planted to celebrate the deceased or the living and people across the county are invited to become involved to remember a wedding, anniversary or a birth, regardless of religion or status.
The Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor John Day MBE, along with Thomas Bowring Esq, the Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, and representatives from the emergency services and armed forces attended the event.
Money generated from the project will be donated to St John's Hospice, in Lancaster, and their Chaplain, Reverend David Barnett, read a memorial service at the launch.
County Councillor David Wood planted a tree on behalf of Lancashire County Council and said:
"The whole project is excellent. It will enable hundreds of trees to be planted and will allow landscape enhancement as well as providing a living memorial.
"I feel that this particular project will enhance the beauty of the area."
Life for a Life founder Norman Armstrong-Kersh said:
"It went splendidly well. It was a very successful morning despite the poor weather.
"The trees which are planted at the Memorial Forest are no less than 7ft tall so we don't need to wait long for them to grow and we therefore have an immediate forest."
Councillor Pat Quinton, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet member with responsibility for Rural Affairs, said:
"The Memorial Forest is a very nice idea. It gives people regardless of race or religious belief a place where they can remember their loved ones."
Another Memorial Forest will be opened at Wycoller, near Colne, on Monday, November 29.
Notes for Editors
For further details please contact Norman Armstrong-Kersh on 0161-627-8413/ 07788-627500.