The Princess Royal and re-enactors visit the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Wood in Epsom

PUBLISHED: 11:14 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2015

Heading back in time at Langley Vale Wood

Heading back in time at Langley Vale Wood


Fly-pasts by the Great War Display Team and World War One training camp re-enactments were the order of the day as The Princess Royal visited the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Wood in Epsom to officially name it ‘Langley Vale Wood’.

Dignitaries at the official naming ceremonyDignitaries at the official naming ceremony

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2015


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The national Centenary Woods project is commemorating World War One by creating a new woodland for each part of Britain, with Langley Vale the 640-acre flagship site for England.

This special naming day celebrated the rich history of the site by recreating the sights and sounds of World War One, with horse logging and charcoal-making taking place among the uniformed soldiers.

The local Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and pupils at The Vale primary also talked about the 10,000 trees they helped plant to begin the transformation into a beautiful place for remembrance.


Read what our columnist Chis Howard had to say about this special day here

Discover more about Surrey’s centenary wood tribute to World War One here



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