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Captain Sir Tom Moore: Memorial woodland in West Yorkshire unveiled in honour of NHS charity fundraiser

A swathe of ancient woodland and open ground will be renamed in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The 17 acres of land at Holme House Wood, near the fundraiser’s childhood home outside Keighley in West Yorkshire, will be called Captain Tom’s Memorial Wood.

Located on the banks of the North Beck river between the hamlets of Laycock and Goose Eye, the forest will also be extended with the planting of more than 3,000 hedgerow trees and shrubs, the Woodland Trust said.

Small pockets of individual trees will be put across three meadows to keep areas of open space and views across the site.

Denser tree planting will take place to buffer and protect the existing woodland and it will all be plastic-free, the charity said.

Sir Tom’s motto “tomorrow will be a good day” will be engraved on a semi-circular seat near an existing dry stone wall looking out over the meadow, which is home to a variety of wildlife including sparrow hawks and great spotted woodpeckers.

Second World War veteran Sir Tom captured the hearts of the nation with his fundraising efforts during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

He walked 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday, raising £38.9 million for the NHS, including Gift Aid, with the money given to NHS Charities Together.

He died at Bedford Hospital in February after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Sir Tom’s family selected two environmental charities to grow a “legacy forest” on their behalf – the Woodland Trust in the UK, and TreeSisters internationally.

His daughter Lucy Teixeira said: “This is a wonderful fitting tribute to my father and his love of nature.

“Trees for Tom grew from my environmental colleagues asking what they could do to honour my father’s death. I asked them to plant trees.

“This project highlights those who have lost a loved one in the last 18 months.

“Captain Tom’s Memorial Woodland will be for everyone in the community and for anyone who wants to come and remember a loved one.”

Planting and other works at the site will begin in March 2022 and are hoped to be finished by autumn next year, the trust said.



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