The Yorkshire Post says: Goathland’s tree tribute to fallen soldiers in stark contrast with Sheffield felling plans

Keith Thompson, Chairman of the Goathland Community Hub & Sports Pavilion, with a prototype of one of the steel soldiers which will be situated around the grounds.'Friday 9 February. Picture: Ceri Oakes
Keith Thompson, Chairman of the Goathland Community Hub & Sports Pavilion, with a prototype of one of the steel soldiers which will be situated around the grounds.'Friday 9 February. Picture: Ceri Oakes
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The First World War reaped a terrible toll on almost every community in Britain, with hundreds of thousands of young men who left cities, towns and villages for the battlefields of Europe never returning; a sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

Now a century on from the final year of the war, the community of Goathland in North Yorkshire have come together for a special act of commemoration that echoes the one carried out in the same village 100 years ago. George Smailes was one of the 12 men from Goathland who died in the war and his grieving mother planted 12 oak trees to remember each of them. The trees are still standing to this day and now villagers are to plant a dozen more alongside them.

This moving act stands in stark contrast to plans by Sheffield Council to remove dozens of similar remembrance trees for cost reasons. Those who gave their lives between 1914 and 1918 for this country should remain at the root of the communities we live in.