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Posted 21 September 2015 - 10:02 pm
Charles - I am doing some research on the story of the Verdun acorns for the Woodland Trust as part of the centenary commemorations, and came across your post regarding a tree in Southwold. But I have been unable to find any further information on this tree. If you have any further information to share, or a photo of the tree, would you be able to post this or send me an email.
There is an oak tree near the Adnams brewery in Southwold, Suffolk, underneath which is a stone or concrete plaque stating:
'This oak tree was grown from an acorn procured by the Hon. Miss Eden from the battlefield of Verdun and presented to the town in 1921'
I am happy to forward a photograph if this is of interest.
Posted 23 September 2015 - 03:50 pm
I have sent you a private message. In the meantime, here is a picture of the plaque - not easy to read, I'm afraid. I make it out as follows:
THIS OAK TREE WAS GROWN FROM
AN ACORN PROCURED BY THE HON
MISS [?] EDEN FROM THE BATTLEFIELD
OF VERDUN AND PRESENTED TO
THE TOWN IN 1921
Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:49 pm
Posted 02 November 2015 - 11:58 am
I have just finished War Memorial park The Second World War and it was reported in 1944 that the tree dedicated to Earl Haig in the park was from a verdun oak and planted by the Coventry Britsh legion in the late 1920's . infact the legion used to make a pilgrimage to it every year in 1944 the chairman laid a wreath at the base of the tree. Its not far from the cenotaph, if you want its location let me know.
Trevor. I am doing research for the Woodland Trust on the country's Verdun Oaks. I have identified over a dozen, though some do not survive today. Can you let me know the location of the oak in War Memorial Park (a grid reference would help) as I would like to get a photo of the tree? Does it have a commemorative plaque?