The RoadPeace Wood

The RoadPeace Wood has been planted at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, in memory of all those who have been killed in our roads

Every year on the second Saturday of August, during National Road Victim month, a ceremony of remembrance is held at RoadPeace Wood.

The next annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood will be on:

Saturday 10th August 2019.

All are invited to attend this annual ceremony where we gather to remember together those who have lost their lives on our roads. The ceremony offers an opportunity to reflect quietly in the peaceful and tranquil setting of the arboretum, as well as the chance to meet others who have come to remember loved ones.

During a short service in the Chapel, names of those being remembered are read out from oak leaves. This is followed by a short walk down to the RoadPeace Wood where the oakleaves are buried amongst the trees. Refreshments are served afterwards until the National Arboretum closes at 5pm. 

For further information please contact the RoadPeace office on 020 7733 1603 or email

A history of the RoadPeace Wood

The National Memorial Arboretum was founded by David Childs as a place where the lives of people could be remembered by living trees that would grow and mature in a world at peace. It is a 150 acre site on the edge of the National Forest at Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Planting began in 1997 and plots and groves have been created for armed and merchant services, police and emergency services and many groups, associations and individuals.  The site also celebrated the turn of a new century and the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness offers tranquillity and reflection for all.

The RoadPeace Wood is part of this memorial with trees that are individually sponsored to remember those who have lost their lives or been injured because of a road crash.

Planting of trees in the RoadPeace Wood began in spring 2001 and the wood was dedicated on 10 August 2002.

Please contact the National Memorial Arboretum directly if you would like to sponsor a tree and dedicate it to a loved one at the RoadPeace Wood.

The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is open between 9am and 5pm. Admission is free. Restaurant and picnic facilities are available.

For a map and travel details visit the National Memorial Arboretum website.

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Ceremony of Remembrance 

Every year a service of remembrance is held in Liverpool to remember Diana, Princess of Wales, and all road crash victims

Every year, on 31st August, a service of remembrance is held in Liverpool to remember Diana, Princess of Wales, and all road crash victims.

The next Ceremony of Remembrance is on Saturday 31st August 2019.

The service is held in The Lady Chapel of Anglican Cathedral followed by the releasing of 5 doves, on the cathedral steps.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Every year, the third Sunday of November is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held on the third Sunday of November.

The next World Day of Remembrance is on Sunday 18th November 2018.

This day focuses on both the overall scale and the individual devastation caused by road deaths and injuries and the impact upon families and communities around the world.  Almost 4,000 people are killed and many hundreds of thousands injured on roads throughout the world every day.  Many more have to cope with bereavement or the effects of injury and thus become part of the huge group of people affected by road carnage.   

Services will be taking place across Britain:

Bath, The Guildhall, High street, BA1 5AW at 11am

Contact: Kate Uzzell, 07967 786950

Bedford, St Pauls Church, Bedford, MK40 3PQ at 3pm

Contact: Road Victim's Trust, 01234 843345

Birmingham, St. Martin In The Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, B5 5BB at 2pm

Contact: Lucy Harrison, 7852109658

Cambridge, Downing Place United Reformed Church at 3pm

Contact: Revd Deborah McVey, 01223 410 332

Cambridge, Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ at 11.15am

Contact: Road Victim's Trust, 01234 843345

Durham, Durham Cathedral at 10.30am

Contact: David Robinson, 01912690456

Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX at 3pm

Contact: Nigel Sharp, 01452 528095

Halifax, Halifax Minster at 4pm

Contact: Annabelle Bolton, 01422 355 436

Hereford, Hereford Cathedral at 3.30pm

Contact: Revd. Jill Talbot-Ponsonby, 01432 264725

Hull, St Mary's, Lowgate, Hull, HU1 1YG at 2.30pm

Contact: Allan Robins, 01482 614882

Liverpool, St. George's Hall, St John's Gardens, William Brown St, L1 1JJ at 1.30pm

Contact: Pauline Fielding, 01513426381

London, St James' Church, Piccadilly at 2.30pm

Contact: RoadPeace, 02077331603

Northampton, The Holy Sepulchre, 79 Sheep St at 3pm

Contact: Chris and Nicole Taylor, 07821775948

Preston, Christ Church Chapel, County Hall, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 8RL at 11.30am

Contact: Rhiannon Leeds, 7990552396

Ripon, Ripon Cathedral at 3.30pm

Contact: Judith Bustard, 01765 603462

Scofton, Nr.Worksop, St. John's Church, Scofton at 3.00pm

Contact: Mrs Anthea Moat, 01909 472324

Sheffield, Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street at 11am

Contact: Rev Andy Phillips, 07467 531322 

Sleaford, Riverside Church, South Gate at 3pm

Contact: John Rose, 01522271141

Stourbridge, Bethel Chapel, Hill Street, Wollescote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 8TL at 6pm

Contact: Jill Berry, 01384 892137

Thame, St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Thame, Oxon OX9 3AJ at 3pm

Contact: Elizabeth Richardson, 01865 854584

Winchester, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9SR at 2.30pm

Contact: PS Andy Noble, 020 7733 1603


Planning an activity for World Day of Remembrance

In recent years many varied events have taken place, such as the march through the City of Bath to an open-air gathering, the Critical Mass of cyclists through London to the sites where someone was killed, or a Remembrance Concert with many bands in Johannesburg.  Schools hold special assemblies, minutes of silence, or allow pupils to express their thoughts or feelings in essays and various art forms. People are encouraged to create acts of remembrance in their own way.

In religious gatherings of all kinds, the reading out of names of those killed and injured, the lighting of candles and offering of flowers or acorns as signs of hope, help the bereaved and injured to find expression for their sorrow and give them the courage to go forward. These meetings and ritual acts bring people together and make them appreciate that they are not alone.

You are encouraged to create acts of remembrance in your own way, whether in a religious service, remembrance ceremony, special concert, or other ways that bring together family, friends, schools and local communities

RoadPeace's World Day of Remembrance leaflet can be downloaded here:

World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims.pdf

A history of World Day of Remembrance

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was originated in 1993 by RoadPeace as a response to road crash victims’ need for public recognition, which appears to be more readily given to victims of other types of crime, disaster or war.   It is also a day to commend the work of those involved in the aftermath of a crash – including fire, police and ambulance teams, doctors, nurses and counsellors.  

On 26 October 2005, the United Nations General Assembly called on all Member States to adopt and recognise the third Sunday in November of every year as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  The UN believes this is an appropriate acknowledgement for victims and families of road traffic crashes and also a way to draw attention to the consequences and costs of road crashes and to measures that can be taken to prevent them.  Its aim is to remind governments and individual members of society of their responsibility to make roads safer.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is now observed in countries in every continent of the world.

For more information about international activities visit a website developed by Brigitte Chaudhry, Founder of RoadPeace and president of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR). 

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