A LOCAL environmental group are calling on local people to support their tree planting event along one of the main entrances into Barry.

They need Barrians to either donate money or native tree saplings for their initiative to commemorate the 700 local war heroes who did not return home following the end of the Great War.

At the moment they have raised enough money and tree donations to plant 460 trees, thanks to the Woodland Trust and local people but they need more to reach their target.

They are also appealing to local residents to come and help them start planting the trees this coming Saturday, March 22, anytime between 1.30pm and 3.30pm meeting at the junction of Merthyr Dyfan Road and Port Road East. Please bring a spade and a tree and of course wear appropriate clothing for the weather and strong boots or wellies.

If you want to support this living memorial then please make cheques payable to “White Farm Conservation Group” and send to 118 Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry, CF62 9TJ or deliver your donated native trees next Saturday at the planting event next to the green at the junction of Merthyr Dyfan Road and Port Road East

The co-ordinator of White Farm Conservation Group, Cllr Rob Curtis, told the news: “We have had a wonderful response from local people but we are still short of the 700 trees we want to plant along this entrance into Barry. Each tree will symbolically represent a Barrian that never returned from the horrific conflict.

I would once again call on the citizens of Barry to show their backing for those who gave the supreme sacrifice in one of the bloodiest wars in human history… your town needs you!”