Planting of the Blakenall Heath Peace Tree, 1919 (Walsall Local History Centre).

Blakenall Heath Peace Tree plaque unveiling this Friday

Planting of the Blakenall Heath Peace Tree, 1919 (Walsall Local History Centre).

A plaque explaining the history behind a symbol of peace in Blakenall Heath will be officially unveiled during a memorial service this week.

The metal plate will be attached to a new memorial stone which has been set up next to the Peace Tree on The Green, Blakenall Heath, this Friday 9 November at 10.30am.

The tree was planted on Saturday 19 July 1919 at 10am by local Councillor Matthew J. Somerfield (after whom Somerfield Road, Bloxwich is named) in a ceremony (pictured above) to commemorate the end of the Great War of 1914-1918 as part of borough-wide peace celebrations.

Peace trees were also planted in Bloxwich and Walsall parks at the same time.

At Blakenall Heath, the Chairman of the ceremony was Councillor W. C. Ward, and votes of thanks were proposed by Alderman C.C. Walker and seconded by Councillor W. J. Talbot.

This Friday’s service will be conducted by the Revd Paul Myers of Christ Church, Blakenall Heath and will include a two-minute silence.

The stone was donated by Arry’s Ground Force and was placed three weeks ago.  Members of New Horizons Community Enterprise, local residents, veterans, councillors and clergymen are behind the scheme.

The peace tree is a lasting memorial for those who have laid down their lives in defence of our country and for peace.  It is important that local people and visitors know the origins of the tree, and what it symbolises, hence the provision of the new plaque.