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The commemorative badge for Longitude Wood featured artwork by William Haynes, ex pupil of Whitgift Academy.

Longitude Wood

Time Travel with Trees

Article by Dr. Robert M Jaggs-Fowler.

First printed in the Scunthorpe Telegraph, December 17, 2014.

In November 2014, I joined a large group of people of all ages and from all walks of life and assisted them in doing something truly remarkable. Something that will last for hundreds of years, bring pleasure to many, enhance the beauty of the area in which we were working, be of immense value to local wildlife, improve the environment, and bring health benefits to all who venture into its presence. What did we do that was so remarkable? We planted a wood. The Longitude Wood to be precise.


Situated on the banks of the River Freshney in Great Coates, North East Lincolnshire, the Longitude Wood is so named to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Queen Anne Act of Longitude and the tremendous work of John Harrison, former resident of Barrow upon Humber and the inventor of a marine chronometer that was so accurate that longitude could at last be calculated with precision. The invention was to go on to save countless ships and human lives, and its value still lives with us today.




Left to right;  Emissary to John Harrison Foundation; Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, The Mayor of NELC, Cllr Alex Baxter, The President of the Grimsby Rotarians, Mr Ian Birrel. Director of JHF, Christina McGiligan-Fell. Woodland Trust, Nick Stamford and Director to JHF, Simon Yeo.

Longitude Wood on Estuary TV.

Local resident talks about longitude wood.

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