A commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One
In partnership with the local community in Upton (near Chester) and The Land Trust, the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park wish to commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War One. They have used a cedar tree from the Upton area, planted about the time of the Great War, which had come to the end of its life and had to be taken felled, to help people remember those who fell during World War One or suffered as a result of it. The project is called ‘Fallen for the Fallen’.
Paul Edwards, a local wood carver, has used the cedar tree to create a poppy trail leading from the War Memorial in Upton into the Country Park, passing by the Life for a Life Memorial Forest, to a carved wooden bench in the centre of the park. Describing some of the detail of the project, Andy Scargill from the Friends Group said, “Each of the carved poppies along the trail will represent two or more of the soldiers whose names appear on the Upton War Memorial.”
Julie Mitchell, Chester’s town crier and local artist, has been the Creative Director behind a project involving pupils from all the Upton schools to create an installation in the form of a mural to run alongside this. The five panels of the mural will be displayed in the Cathedral Cloisters. Together they represent and symbolise the learning journey the community has made reflecting upon World War One, they also show the journey from the War Memorial to the Country Park and feature the soldiers whose names are on that monument.
It is hoped that after spending time reflecting on the various messages in the mural, visitors may then wish to visit the University of Chester’s ’77 Fallen’ WW1 Commemoration. In the chapel they will find individual textile poppies which have been created to represent each of the 77 former staff and students who died in that war and whose names appear on a plaque in that building. Further along from the University, is the entrance to the Countess of Chester Country Park where the Poppy Trail and Memorial Bench can be found.