‘Lone pine’ in memory of soliders of Gallipoli

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A RARE tree is to be planted to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign in the First World War.

The Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens are planting a rare aleppo pine in the Garden of Hope at the back of the D-Day Museum at 11am on Wednesday, November 11.

The original aleppo pine, known as a ‘lone pine’ was the only survivor of a group of trees that were cut down by Turkish soldiers, who used the branches to cover their trenches during the battle.

This tree was destroyed during the battle.

However, two Australian soldiers retrieved some pine cones and took them home to plant them.

The seedlings that grew from the pine cones were found to be the aleppo pine.

The Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens hosted a similar event in March, when Royal Navy Reserve officer Lieutenant Martin Heighway, who is based at HMS Sultan in Gosport, planted an aleppo pine in memory of Gallipoli.