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Avon to plant 121 trees to honour fallen World War 1 colleagues

Avon Protection, a division of Avon Rubber p.l.c specialising in respiratory protection for the world’s military, have teamed up with Wiltshire Council to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 armistice to remember the workmates who never came home.

They will be planting 121 trees on Friday 9th November to represent every worker from Avon and Spencer Moulton who lost their lives in the war of 1914 to 1918. 

Employees will have the opportunity to plant the trees in an open space next to the head office in Semington. As well as adding to the community’s green space, the trees will provide an area for quiet thought and reflection for employees.

Steve Rimmer who has been an integral part of the project says, “Our workmates from 100 years ago were just like us, they didn’t go off to ‘lay down their lives’, they were mainly young men with their lives in front of them and they expected to come back and clock on again. We owe it to them to remember their loss.”

The project is part of a nationwide scheme, which will see millions of trees planted across the country. The trees have been provided by The Woodland Trust and Hills Waste Solutions have provided the compost needed to plant the trees.

Avon has a long history in Melksham dating back to 1890 when its factory was opened. Avon Rubber is still a key employer for the area employing over 200 staff at the head office on the Hampton Park West industrial estate. They welcome anyone from the local community and retired employees who would like to get involved and help with the tree planting.

If this is something you are interested in attending, the event will start at 11am on Friday 9th November at the Avon head office in Hampton Park West, Semington, SN12 6NB. Please contact Clair Kidd-Stanton for more information on 01225 896430 or clair.kidd- stanton@avon-rubber.com

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