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Going back to my roots

Filed: Sunday, 23rd December 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham supporters have become the first in England to reach their charity target in a project for the Woodland Trust.

63 professional teams signed up to the Trust's 'For Club and Country' campaign, which aims to plant 100 trees per club in memory of the footballers who fought in the Great War more than 100 years ago.

And according to the BBC, West Ham's fans are the first in the country to reach their fundraising target of 2,000 that will result in 100 trees being planted in Surrey woodland.

A 'Football Remebers' plaque, a tribute to those who fought in the Great War

The campaign had been spearheaded by Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking.

"In partnership with the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, we hope to create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline and the home front war time effort," he said.

One tree will be planted for every 20 donated, whilst West Ham fans have provided enough funds to hit the maximum target of 100 trees. Four "flagship" woods have been created as have more than 100 "landowner woods".

"The club is fully behind this great campaign and incredibly proud of how much money that has already been raised," said a West Ham United spokesman.

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