Tree sculpture to remember The Fallen

Leeds city councillor and former deputy head of Bruntliffe High Bob Gettings, who has received an MBE for services to the community. (d29121048)
Leeds city councillor and former deputy head of Bruntliffe High Bob Gettings, who has received an MBE for services to the community. (d29121048)

A specially commissioned tree sculpture will honour fallen soldiers who served during World War One.

The work of art, which was given the go-ahead by Gildersome Parish Council, features a number of images depicting the village’s heritage carved onto an oak tree, including its old mills and coal pit.

Designed by woodworks craft firm Outdoor Classrooms, the 10in sculputure will be put up on the small grass area opposite Gildersome Primary School.

Coun Kathy Cook said that the memorial was a special way of marking the centenary of World War One and pay tribute to those who left Gildersome for the conflict.

“The carvings on the tree reflect the village as it would have been when the men of our village set off to fight in the Great War,” she said.

“The sculptor has cleverly carved images of the area including the mills, the coal pit and other parts of the village which are still around today. She has even reflected the rural landscape of the area and many are included in the design.”

The tree will be officially unveiled by Coun Bob Gettings at a ceremony on Sunday March 15 at 2pm, to which the public are invited.

Coun Cook added: “We’re aware that of the Gildersome men whose names are engraved on the village war memorial, some may still have descendants in the village and surrounding area. We’re hoping that these people might like to come along to the unveiling and pay a personal and poignant tribute to their ancestors”.

Anyone who has relatives’ names on the village war memorial and would like further information, contact Coun Cook on 0113 2530667.