VISITORS of all ages will love the National Memorial Arboretum World War One trails, where you can discover the trees and memorials linked to the Great War.

The family-friendly Discovery Trail (2km) allows youngsters to explore some of the key memorials linked to the First World War and the remarkable stories behind them, learning about key WW1 events and the roles of regiments and individuals.

History enthusiasts will enjoy the more detailed Shot at Dawn Trail (2km), created to provide a deeper understanding of many of the trees and memorials connected to World War I by fascinating stories and symbolism. This trail takes about an hour and a half to complete and incorporates the iconic Shot at Dawn memorial, which commemorates the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers shot for cowardice or desertion.

The third route, known as the Poppy Field Trail (2.5km) passes though some of the Arboretum’s woodland avenues, the poppy field and alongside the beautiful River Tame. It’s ideal for those interested in exploring the outlying areas of the grounds, particularly during the summer months when the poppies are in bloom.

The Arboretum, near Lichfield in Staffordshire, is free to enter and printed trail guides are available for a small charge. Route markers are positioned in the grounds to help show the way, while the Arboretum’s volunteer guides will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. For further information, visit www.thenma.org.uk

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