A public meeting is to be held on plans to create a flagship forest in Epsom commemorating the anniversary of World War One.

The Woodland Trust announced last week that a 640-acre memorial wood is to be created at Langley Vale, on the border between Epsom Downs and Mole Valley.

It will be England’s only Centenary Wood, as part of a £12m project which will also see another three "flagship woods" planted, one each, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The majority of Langley Bottom Farm has been sold to the Woodland Trust 

The trust is inviting people to learn more about the plans at a meeting where staff will introduce the project in detail and explain how people can get involved. 

Those attending will be able to ask questions and provide input into how the site is developed.

Karl Mitchell, Woodland Trust project director, said: "We are excited to be creating our English Centenary Wood in the heart of Surrey and are looking forward to hearing peoples’ views on how the wood should develop."

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A map of where England's only Centenary Wood will be planted 

The trust is looking to raise the £12m necessary for the four centenary woods through public donations.  £3m was donated within 24 hours of the plans being announced.

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The public meeting will be held on Sunday, March 23, at Langley Vale Village Hall, Rosebery Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6AF, at 2pm.


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