Friday 19th July marked the 100th Anniversary of the National Day of Peace. Hartham Park opened their Memorial Woodland to commemorate the 121 servicemen of Corsham who sacrificed their lives serving in the First World War.
The Memorial Woodland is part of a wide-scale community project across Wiltshire. Over 10,000 trees have been planted across the county in the last few months as a lasting tribute to the fallen soldiers. The project is being coordinated by Wiltshire Council and kindly supported by the Woodland Trust. For the town of Corsham, Hartham Park have planted 121 trees within the Mansion House grounds that are surrounded by beautiful landscapes and astounding views.
Guests were invited to Hartham Park for the opening of the woodland. Kevin Gaskin from the Corsham Commemorates Group started the ceremony with a few words, followed by Jeffrey Thomas the owner of Hartham Park, and Steve Abbott the Corsham Town Council Chairman. The guests were then taken to view the woodland to remember those who have passed.
Jeffrey Thomas said: “As a resident of Corsham for over 20 years, I am incredibly passionate about supporting the local community.
Inspiring future generations to learn of our history and then prosper with education and business is why I am personally invested in a number of companies and charitable organisations that are helping to drive that.
Hartham Park is a thriving business community with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline. Whilst we already welcome members of the public to enjoy a selection of the unique facilities here including The Café, Virtual Reality Cave and our historic Stické tennis court; one of only three remaining in the world, creating this special woodland will serve as a wonderful focal point for the people of Corsham and beyond.
Visitors will be able to come and enjoy our spectacular grounds, pay respect to our fallen heroes, learn about the historic events of WW1, and be inspired to make their own history!”
Hartham Park Memorial Woodland is open to the public and can be found up by the estates Stické Court