Trees planted to honour First World War heroes

Memorial Service at Cucino Sans, part of Bakkavor group. They have planted 50 trees in memory of fallen soldiers at the Laburnum Farm site in Chapel Road, Old Leake.
Memorial Service at Cucino Sans, part of Bakkavor group. They have planted 50 trees in memory of fallen soldiers at the Laburnum Farm site in Chapel Road, Old Leake.

Fifty trees have been planted in the grounds of an Old Leake factory to commemorate each soldier from the village killed in the First World War.

The trees were planted at Cucina Sano, part of the Bakkavor food manufacturing firm, and a special ceremony to dedicate the trees was held last week.

Boston. Saturday 21 December 2014 Memorial Service at Cucino Sans, part of Bakkavor group, they have planted 50 trees in memory of fallen soldiers at the Laburnum Farm site in Chapel Road, Old Leake.

Boston. Saturday 21 December 2014 Memorial Service at Cucino Sans, part of Bakkavor group, they have planted 50 trees in memory of fallen soldiers at the Laburnum Farm site in Chapel Road, Old Leake.

Surviving relatives of the fallen soldiers were joined by Bakkavor staff, members of the Woodland Trust, representatives of the Army, cadet forces, and the Royal Britsh Legion for the service.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth gave a speech and the service was conducted by the Rev Fiona Cotton-Betteridge.

Tim Humphries, section leader, who initiated the project said: “It is right to remember the sacrifice made by the local area in the Great War.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this dedication possible – The Woodland Trust, Bare Earth, The King’s School at Grantham and The East Lincolnshire Recycling Company.

“We hope this gesture will ensure the events of 100 years ago will be remembered by future generations to come. ”

The trees were sourced by Bare Earth and donated by The Woodland Trust who helped to ensure that the species met with planning regulations.

A plaque will also be donated by the East Lincolnshire Recycling Company, dedicating the woodland to the 50 fallen soldiers from Old Leake.