Trees planted in commemoration of First World War centenary

Trees planted in commemoration of First World War centenary

We were delighted to have been invited to join staff, volunteers and beneficiaries at Chavasse VC House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester as they welcomed their President, General the Lord Dannatt, to plant three trees in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War and to honour our veterans past and present.

The trees are a beautiful addition to the 'Hope on the Horizon' garden at the centre, which is currently being improved for wildlife and people as part of an ongoing partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and Help for Heroes. The garden is used to support the recovery of beneficiaries and was recently awarded a 'Living Landscapes Award' for its contribution to wildlife.

General the Lord Dannatt planted an oak tree and two rowan saplings, kindly donated by the family of Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, after which the centre is named after, and Cllr Amos from Tendring District Council.

Emma Ormond Landscape Conservation Area Manager (north-east) attended the event; "We are immensely proud of our partnership with Help for Heroes, which has been growing from strength to strength since its inception in February 2016. It is a fantastic arrangement, drawing on the strengths of both charities to deliver benefits for wildlife and people across Essex.

The partnership focuses upon encouraging Help for Heroes beneficiaries and their families to join us in the natural environment, whether within the garden of the recovery centre or on one of Essex Wildlife Trust’s eighty-seven nature reserves, to undertake practical conservation projects; which form part of their recovery programme whilst supporting Essex Wildlife Trust in protecting wildlife as well. In addition, the physical and mental health benefits of such activities to the staff and volunteers of both organisations are obvious, so it really is a win / win relationship and we look forward the next phase of enhancements for the ‘Hope of the Horizon’ garden which are due to commence in early 2019."