National Lottery funding to help tree memorial avenue in Beer bloom

Beer Village. Ref edr 39 18TI 2036. Picture: Terry Ife

Beer Village. Ref edr 39 18TI 2036. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A lasting tribute to Beer residents who served in World War One has received a grant of a £9,800 from the National Lottery,

Members of the Beer 2014 Group applied for funding to support its idea to plant a memorial avenue of 30 trees.

The memorial will contain information about almost 200 people from Beer who served in the war in the armed forces, on merchant ships, as nurses and Red Cross volunteers.

The project was backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) First World War then and now programme.

Richard Scott, chair of the Beer 2014 Group, said: “We’re delighted to have been successful in gaining a grant from the National Lottery.

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“Their support will enable us to create a lasting tribute to all those from Beer who served in the First World War.

“The avenue will both celebrate the heritage of the village and create an attractive feature which will draw the attention of people who might not visit a conventional war memorial.”

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Subject to planning permission, the memorial would be planted along the lower edge of Beer Head clifftop car park, with the aims to begin planting in the autumn.

At the foot of 28 of trees will be plaques with records of the details of men who died during the conflict. On the remaining two trees will be a list of names of more than 150 residents who served and survived.

Benches will be installed and a hard path through the trees, linking to the SW Coast Path to make the avenue accessible to all.

Pupils from Beer Primary School will help to plant hundreds of bulbs including snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils and poppy seeds.

The Beer 2014 Group started five years ago to help commemorate the involvement of residents of the village of Beer in World War One. Since its launch it has staged exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, candlelit readings of poetry and prose about the war, and a reconstruction of the departure in August 1914 of reservists from the village.

Nerys Watts, head of HLF South West, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re pleased to support this project which will enable the community of Beer to explore the legacy of the First World War and mark the contribution of their community.”

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