Air Ambulance partners with the National Forest to create memorial woodland in Leicestershire

The Air Ambulance service, which covers Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, have recently announced they are partnering with The National Forest to create an ‘Air Ambulance Memorial Woodland’.

The new initiative will enable supporters of the Air Ambulance to plant a tree in memory of their loved one, helping to create a beautiful natural woodland whilst leaving a lasting legacy by helping to keep a vital life-saving service flying.

The woodland will be created in the heart of the National Forest near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire and very close to the beautiful Staunton Harold Estate. It provides a perfect place to reflect and celebrate memories of loved ones, either on your own or with friends and family.

Charles Robinson, Head of Forestry at the National Forest Company, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the Air Ambulance to create a special place for commemoration and celebration in the heart of the National Forest. This new woodland makes an important contribution to our tree planting targets and will be part of a rich tapestry of woodlands in the area.”

Ellen Marzell, Head of Fundraising for the Air Ambulance Service, added: “We know that memories of our loved ones are precious and that is why we want to help keep those memories flying. We encourage those who have lost someone dear to them to buy and plant a tree so that one day we can fill the woodland and they can visit a peaceful place to remember and reflect.

“It will also help to keep our helicopters flying so they can continue to get to injured people quickly and help save lives.”

The charity is offering two packages:

  • £50 (suggested donation) package, where supporters can purchase their tree and it will be planted on their behalf by the National Forest’s expert foresters.
  • £150 (suggested donation) package, which will enable supporters to attend special tree planting days with their family and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the National Forest. The first tree planting day will take place in November 2018.

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) routinely carries senior doctors and consultants on board, in essence taking the hospital to the patient and allowing them to provide advanced treatment on scene attending approximately 6 missions a day. Each mission costs approximately £1,700.

If you are interested in creating a memorial for your loved one or wish to find out more, please contact Charlotte Jolliffe at Alternatively fill out our online enquiry form or call 03003 045 999.

For more information on the partnership or the Air Ambulance Woodland please visit

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