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Oak trees to be planted at Erpingham church to commemorate battle

Last February members of the community in Erpingham planted 600 trees to mark the battle of Agincourt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Last February members of the community in Erpingham planted 600 trees to mark the battle of Agincourt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2016

More oak trees are being planted at Erpingham church, near Aylsham, to commemorate the battle of Agincourt.

Sir Thomas Erpingham, who gave his name to the village, helped lead Henry V’s forces to victory against the French at the battle in October 1415.

To commemorate the 600th anniversary of the epic battle, 600 oak saplings were planted at St Mary’s Church in February last year.

And a team of volunteers, led by John Sizeland, will return to the church on Sunday, February 26, to plant more oak trees.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James will conduct a service at the church at 10am, which will be followed by the tree planting at about 11am. Mr Sizeland said: “Sir Thomas was a great character of English history. It is fitting that, as he expanded the church tower to survey his land, the oaks should be planted in the village to mark his achievements.”

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