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21st November 2017

Oak Tree Tribute to Goathland Fallen

A scenic village in the heart of the North York Moors is to plant a dozen oak trees to honour the residents who gave their lives in the First World War.

Goathland, the village well known for the setting of the television series ‘Heartbeat', is to plant a tree for each of the twelve men who went to war and did not return. Pupils from the village's primary school will perform the planting, thus creating a living memorial to the fallen.

The North York Moors National Park Trust has supported the project which has been the work of the Goathland Community Hub and Sports Pavilion CIO using a grant of £9,400 from the Heritage Lottery funding. The chairman of the project, Keith Thompson explained that the idea for it was inspired by a lady called Kate Smailes. Her son was one of the twelve men the village had lost in the war and she decided in 1922 to have twelve English oak trees planted along side the railway line to commemorate their sacrifice. The location was chosen as part of her favourite walk.

The latest dozen oaks will be planted around a two mile circular path that will now include the 100 year old trees and the new ones. At the head of the trail will be an information board and commemorative plaque which will tell the story of the oak trees and the men they represent from the village.