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Westminster's We Will Stand tree-planting initiative proves successful

11 March 2015

The effort to plant trees to commemorate the 394 Polytechnic members who fell in World War One has been worthwhile.

In addition to the trees planted at Chiswick Sports Ground, there is a memorial noticeboard which was constructed by the in-house carpenters at Marylebone Campus. The noticeboard was organised by members of the Digital Publishing and Communications Team, with text and images contributed by the Archive Team.

The chestnut pale fence was erected by Andy Lucey and his team, who do the grounds maintenance at Chiswick. The fence was erected on the pitch side to protect the young trees from football damage. The young trees have spiral tree guards to protect them from rabbits.

The paving around the base of the noticeboard was donated by TfL and BAM Nuttall Ltd, who provided the labour. The trees follow a line 80m long, each one representing a member of the Polytechnic who died in World War One.

To read more about the Polytechnic's involvement in World War One, please view the online exhibition, the Polytechnic and World War One.

Read more about the Woodland Trust's We Will Stand initiative.

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