THE Woodland Trust is asking people to turn detective to help locate oak trees planted as memorials to soldiers who died in the First World War.

21 February marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of Verdun, the longest single battle of the conflict. After the battle, acorns were collected from the devastated battlefields and taken to Britain where they were grown into mighty oaks as a lasting memorial to those who fought and died in WWI.

The charity wants to find any surviving trees so it can collect their acorns and grow a second generation of Verdun oaks in its First World War Centenary Woods.

If you know the location of a Verdun Oak, please email the Woodland Trust at verdunoak@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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