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Wednesday 13 November 2013

Blackley Forest is the City's oldest community woodland, planted in 1953 in remembrance of World War 2 and to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Soldiers young and old joined up with students and parents from Bowker Vale Primary School to hear poems written and read by youngsters to commemorate Armistice Day. Headteacher Rachel Jacques reaffirmed the schools commitment to respect, recognition and community values.

After a moving last post sounded by buglers from the local scout group a 2 minute silence was impeccably observed. The flag of the Royal Marines was lowered by Stan Hocking, chairman of the Royal Marines Association.


The event culminated in the unveiling of a new bench and plaque remembering the fallen and the planting of several memorial trees for all victims of war, in particular Royal Marine Jonathan Crookes, who helped on the original tree planting in project in 2007, but who was tragically killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Former colleagues of Marine Crookes, Corporal Glyn Forshaw and Mne Bradshaw were also in attendance and laid a wreath in memoriam.

This poignant event was organised by Daisy Horsley from English Heritage as part of the Heritage Schools project and Dot Keller with the Friends of Blackley Forest, and was supported by the Council and Irk Valley Project.

Daisy Horsley of English Heritage said:

"The tree plant carried out by students at Bowker Vale Primary School is a shining example of what can be achieved as part of the Heritage Schools Project.  By finding out about the history of Blackley Forest the children are gaining a real sense of their local heritage and a sense of pride in where they come from."

Bowker Vale Commemorative Tree Planting PDF Print E-mail

On Monday 11 November children from Bowker Vale Primary School in Blackley will take part in a commemorative tree plant to remember the suffering of people in their community during wartime.

 The tree plant is part of Bowker Vale's involvement in the Heritage Schools Project, in which the school has been working closely with English Heritage to develop lessons which encourage children to find out about, and appreciate, their local history and heritage.  As part of their Heritage Schools involvement, children in Year 6 are investigating the replanting of Blackley Forest in 1953, which has become inextricably linked to the Queens Coronation, but also to commemorating those who suffered during World War Two.

As one of the aims of the project is for students to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of their local heritage and the community around them, the school have also been working closely with Friends of Blackley Forest, as well as Manchester Council and Archives+.

The event will take place at 10.30am on Monday 11 November and will be held in the Top Meadow in Blackley Forest. If you would like to know more about the Heritage Schools Project, or you would like to attend the event, please contact Daisy Horsley, Local Heritage Education Manager for the North West This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07557 215 082.

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