Down Ampney Primary School

The Peace Tree

Local residents including the Parish Council, Rev John Swanton our Vicar, Councillor David Fowles and pupils from Down Ampney C of E Primary School joined together to plant an oak tree to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that signalled the end of World War One.

The tree, which will be known as The Peace Tree, was planted on the village green by the children so that they, as the future of this village, will care and look after it. Local historian, Pamela Varey, provided information on those from the village who lost their lives in World War One. One of the Year 6 pupils said, “I was really happy to be asked to be involved in planting the tree to remember the people who have died for us.”

The Head Teacher, Adam Clark, said, “I was honoured to be asked if the children would be involved in the tree planting. One of the special things about a village school is the positive impact the children are able to have on and with their local community.”

It is hoped that the oak will remind the village of those they lost for at least another 100 years.