Green-fingered helpers plant 500 new trees in Dagenham park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 November 2018

Mayesbrook Park will see 500 trees planted this winter as part of 40,000 being planted in London through Sadiq Khan's Greener City Fund. Picture: LBBD

Mayesbrook Park will see 500 trees planted this winter as part of 40,000 being planted in London through Sadiq Khan's Greener City Fund. Picture: LBBD


Green-fingered volunteers planted hundreds of trees in a Dagenham park this week following a £10,000 grant.

More than 500 new trunks line the lakes in Mayesbrook Park as part of National Tree Week.

Helpers led by charity The Conservation Volunteers worked with park rangers during the planting.

Three fifths of funds for the project, or £6,000, came from the Mayor of London, with Barking and Dagenham Council stumping up the remainder, the latter said in a statement Thursday.

Among those present was deputy council leader Saima Ashraf, who planted a holly tree.

“Trees help to improve our air quality by removing pollution from the air,” she said.

“Trees in our parks and green spaces also make sure our borough a greener and healthier place.

“National Tree Week is an opportunity for our communities to come together to come together to protect our trees and by so doing the environment.”

National Tree Week runs until Sunday.

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