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Trees In Mind Trail

I devised the route for the Trees In Mind trail in 2019. The project was a collaboration with Zana Wood and Jean Margetts. Zana had instigated the whole thing after talking to Colne Valley Tree Society who had planted an oak woodland above Marsden – see later. Along with our collaboration, there was the gracious (and vital) supply of research related to the valley soldiers undertaken by.. Milnsbridge: Madeline Andersen-Warren, Golcar: Pauline Ellis, Slaithwaite: Peter Brown, Marsden: Pat Burgess.

A central part of the project was a series of creative workshops involving the communities in the valley, that resulted in several poetry memorial plaques. These poem plaques can be found along the route, where you can pause and reflect on the words written.

The dates on the plaques are related to WW1 battles and so are linked to or are close to the dates when particular soldiers in the valley died, recorded on the rolls of honour and local records in each town / village. The plaques deliberately don’t link one soldier’s name to the poetry or date on a plaque, the idea is to give pause for thought for the wider number across the valley who died.

It’s a lovely mix of surrounds on the 9+ mile walk. You move through urban, agricultural, woodland, canal-side and moorland landscapes. Take your own food and drink but there are also some great cafes and pubs en route.

Zana Wood at Trees In Mind Trail opening
Zana at the Trees In Mind Trail inaugural walk, with one of the poem plaques beside her (this is on a bridge over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal).

The trail starts in the Colne Valley village of Milnsbridge and heads up the valley to culminate 9.6 miles later in woodland at the edge of Marsden (where I live). The woodland was planted in 2015 by the Cone Valley Tree Society and commemorates the soldiers who died on the valley in World War 1. It holds 527 oak trees (still saplings, at the time of writing in 2020). There is one oak for each soldier who died in Marsden and the other villages and communities in the Colne Valley.

Overview of the trail from Milnsbridge to Marsden. See more information on the poem plaques and waymarkers along the route here: https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjI5OTkxMQ%3D%3D

More information about the trail can be seen in a few places online. I created this page here as another hopefully long-term signpost alongside a Facebook page and mentions on other websites.

And I wrote about the inaugural walk that we did to ‘open’ the trail, see that write up on the Trees In Mind Trail, here.

2 thoughts on “Trees In Mind Trail”

  1. At last I’ve found your website and uncovered the mystery of the plaques! I’m still puzzled about the dates on each plaque, can you tell me more about them?

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  2. The dates on the plaques are related to WW1 battles and so linked to when particular soldiers in the valley died, recorded on the rolls of honour and local records in each town / village.

    The plaques deliberately don’t link one soldier’s name to the poetry or date on a plaque, the idea is to give pause for thought for the wider number across the valley who died.

    Reply

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