Apple trees planted in memory of World War One heroes

Tree planting at Clynfyw Care Farm (4620123)

Tree planting at Clynfyw Care Farm (4620123)

First published in News

Clynfwy Care Farm commemorated the centenary of the First World War by planting 91 apple trees in its orchard on Friday.

Each tree planted at the Abercych farm represents one of the 91 men listed on the role of honour monument in Manordifi and Capel Colman Parish, in North Pembrokeshire, and relatives of some of the 91 fallen men attended the memorial event.

More than 100 people attended the event, including surviving relative of some of the soldiers, school children from Newcastle Emlyn Secondary School, representatives of the British Red Cross and other members of the local community.

Jim Bowen, manager of Clynfwy Farm, came up with the idea of planting the trees after visiting the local village hall.

“I was looking at the list of names on the plaque and thought it would be nice to do something to remember them. These people were not just names, they were real people who probably either worked at Clynfwy Farm or lived in the village. We had some space in our orchard and so we thought we would use that to build a natural memorial.”

Dorothy Reeves, 85 from Cardigan, and her husband Donald helped to plant a tree in memory of Mrs Reeves' uncle, Vincent Edwards.

She said: “ I think planting apple trees is a marvellous idea. The trees will grow stronger year on year and the memory of those men who lost their lives will live on.”

A coffee morning held during the morning raised £320 for a British Red Cross exhibition that will coincide with the centenary of the First World War.

The Red Cross will be hosting an interactive exhibition at the Pembrokeshire County Show in August, to showcase the charity’s work in Wales from the outbreak of the Great War to the present day.

The local Red Cross branch is appealing for people to come forward with memorabilia, pictures and stories relating to the organisation’s role in war time. The local office can be contacted on 01239 615945.

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