New woodland to be created in Laverstock and Ford Parish

Laverstock and Ford Country Park 2 (Chris Western FB)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:43pm 9th November 2018.

The Parish Council will start planting the trees at Castle Hill Country Park this weekend - and anyone's welcome to help out.

Eventually the woodland will be made up of 1,000 trees, to act as a First World War Memorial.

The space, which forms part of the new 135 acre Country Park, is close to Old Sarum Airfield - one of the last remaining grass strip military airfields used during the conflict.

Castle Hill Country Park November 2018
New play areas are being installed in the Country Park too


The community's being given the chance to help plant the first 600 trees at the woodland.

There's a session for us to get involved with the ground preparation on Saturday (November 10th) between 10.00am and 12.00pm midday.

Further sessions are being held on the following two Saturdays for the tree planting:

  • Saturday November 17th: 10.00am - 12.00pm midday
  • Saturday November 24th: 10.00am - 12.00pm midday

David Burton is a Laverstock and Ford Parish Councillor and says they want to get as many residents involved as they can:

"The whole Country Park is being put together with community effort. That brings people together, helps people really own the place, and to love it and care for it."

The additional 400 trees will be allowed to grow naturally from regenerating species.

It's hoped the new woodland will be a useful place for wildlife, with volunteers managing the land.

The woodland is also believed to be the first of its kind in South Wiltshire area to be managed using traditional farming and forestry techniques.


On Remembrance Sunday (November 11th) a special ceremony is being held at the Country Park to unveil the first of a series of tiles, designed with poppies.

That's being held between 2.30 and 4.00pm.

The tiles been created by local artist Kerry Lemon for a community art project.

Castle Hill Country Park Poppy Tiles
Here's what the poppy tiles are expected to look like

Ceramics have been chosen as the local area was famous for making pottery in medieval times.

Each of the tiles also reference people from the parish who fell in the First World War.

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