A NEW poetry collection, by local writer and poet Sam Burnside, pays tribute to a special Centenary Wood in the Faughan Valley. The Woodland Trust-owned Brackfield Wood, not far from Claudy, is one of just four flagship woods taking shape across the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Still in its infancy, Brackfield will be home to some 40,000 native trees – a flourishing, respectful and lasting reminder of those lives lost, from across the island of Ireland, during the war.
Sam Burnside’s poems in By Brackfield Bawn: On being in Brackfield Memorial Woods show his deep-rooted love of the natural, rural world; with the famously scenic Faughan Valley, its river and wildlife, at the core.
The acclaimed poet gives his nod of approval for the creation of this new memorial woodland. The thousands of saplings, a thriving tribute, will one day link the fragments of ancient woodland that dot the banks of the beautiful River Faughan.
It seems that the strength of nature – from the longevity of the valley’s centuries-old trees to the predictable cycle of the seasons – is in stark contrast to the frailty of human life.
Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said: “The poems are ready and waiting to be enjoyed by anyone with a love of words, nature, and the countryside. They are also incredibly poignant and, alongside the beauty of the natural world, there’