Special places

The students study an image of a memorial park where the number of trees represents the number of soldiers from this area who died during the First World War.

Greytown Soldiers Memorial Park by Dylan Owen, 2014.(external link)

Greytown Soldiers Memorial Park by Dylan Owen, 2014.


In 1922, the Greytown Borough Council planted 117 lime trees in a park to commemorate the 117 soldiers from the community who died during the First World War. The Soldiers Memorial Park is now a place where the whole community can come together for sports and recreation, as well as to remember those who served in the war.

Using a tree to represent each community member who died helps to show the scale of the loss. It’s also a thoughtful way to acknowledge each soldier as an individual.

Key questions

  • What can we observe?
  • What do we already know?
  • How might people view this park in different ways?

Possible discussion questions:

  • Can you count all the trees in this picture? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think the council decided to plant trees to represent this number?
  • How else could we represent 117?
  • Do you think planting trees is a good way to create a memorial? Why or why not?
  • Do you have any important trees or other natural landmarks in your community? Why are they important to the people in your community?
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