Portsmouth residents living in homes in close proximity to where fallen soldiers from Operation Overlord lived can claim a free memorial tree sapling to plant in their gardens.

The memorial trees are being provided, in partnership with the Royal Navy, as part of the council’s D-Day 80 commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2024. Operation Overlord was launched on this date with the Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches.

119 brave Portsmouth men who died during D-Day, or the Battle of Normandy have been identified and the addresses taken from 1939 census records. Residents at relevant addresses are being contacted directly by the council with the opportunity to request a memorial tree sapling to plant.

Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, at Portsmouth City Council said:

“The memorial trees will help to honour the brave men who fought and fell during the D-Day invasion. They will also help to support our climate aims as a city as part of our greening strategy, which includes planting more trees around the city. This is a fantastic way to support greening while commemorating Portsmouth servicemen who played a pivotal role in history.”

The saplings provided are hazel and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.

For more information about the D-Day commemoration events happening across the city, visit D-Day 80 – Portsmouth (visitportsmouth.co.uk)