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Trees planted to celebrate battle
The area where the new wood will be planted. Picture courtesy of the Sirius Wood Trust
Planting is due to begin at the site in November
A new woodland is to be planted in Bath to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

About 2,500 trees are to be planted on a six-acre site, next to Culverhay School to the south of the city.

The woodland will be named Sirius Wood after a frigate which took part in the battle in 1805.

Bill Davies, of the Sirius Wood Trust, said: "This is an opportunity to celebrate Trafalgar and do some good for the environment."

Sirius Wood is one of 33 new woodlands to be planted across the UK under the Woodland Trust scheme.

'Frequent visitor'

Each wood will represent a ship from Nelson's fleet, in recognition of the role British timber played in the construction of naval vessels.

More than 50,000 oak trees were used to build the fleet which fought the Battle of Trafalgar.

Oaks and other hardwood trees will be planted under the Sirius Wood scheme, with planting due to begin in November.

Mr Davies said Bath had a strong naval heritage and was also the home of Nelson for several years.

"Prior to Trafalgar, Nelson was a frequent visitor to Bath to 'take the waters' and recuperate after strenuous exertion, illness and injury," he said.

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