On Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon over 100 people, including many children, staff and parents from the St. Mary’s community, joined together to plant the First World War Centenary Avenue. Copper beeches were planted along both sides of Annay Road between the Abbey Mill and Newstead; a distance of over 1 mile.
The trees were planted to serve as a lasting natural monument in memory of those people from the Scottish Borders who fought in the First World War.
It is hoped that, for many years to come, those young people who took part will be able to see their tree growing strongly by the edge of the road. Perhaps they will be able to take a moment to reflect on what each tree represents for this school and this part of the world.
The avenue will be marked by a carved memorial stone currently on display in the Hamilton Building.
Well done to all involved!
Tom Rawson, 09/11/2018