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Army of Barking and Dagenham volunteers turn park even greener

PUBLISHED: 17:04 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 17 March 2017

A young volunteer helps in the planting of thousands of tree seedlings at St Chad's Park in Chadwell Heath. Picture: Sabba Choudry

A young volunteer helps in the planting of thousands of tree seedlings at St Chad's Park in Chadwell Heath. Picture: Sabba Choudry

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A park turned even greener at the weekend after thousands of extra trees were planted by an army of volunteers.

Community group the Friends of St Chad's and charity Trees for Cities expect the extra trees at St Chad's Park in Chadwell Heath to help reduce noise and air pollution. Picture: Sabba ChoudryCommunity group the Friends of St Chad's and charity Trees for Cities expect the extra trees at St Chad's Park in Chadwell Heath to help reduce noise and air pollution. Picture: Sabba Choudry

Almost 300 people, including 106 children, turned up at St Chad’s Park on Saturday to help create a woodland at the 14 hectare site in Chadwell Heath which dates back to 1830.

In total, the organisers - charity Trees for Cities. with the backing of the Woodland Trust, Barking and Dagenham Council and the Greater London Authority - aim to plant 5,000 tree seedlings, fruit trees and shrubs to establish a wildlife haven in the park, which already includes an ornamental garden, sports facilities and playground.

The charity hopes the new woodland, planted in various zones across the park, will help reduce noise and air pollution from the A12 as well as giving people opportunities to exercise, socialise and volunteer.

Jenny Hindson from Trees for Cities said: “We are excited and deeply moved by the strong community response we received at our planting day.

“People were running to grab their neighbours and truly engaged with the prospect of taking ownership of the new woodland and looking after the trees for the future. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

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