Join BBC’s Diarmuid Gavin to plant 7,000 trees – Launch of New Golden Jubilee Woodland

The London Borough of Merton and Trees for London have been working in partnership to involve local people in the project and will be celebrating when the finishing touches are made and it is launched this weekend.

Famous garden designer Diarmuid, together with the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith MacCauley, Merton Tree Wardens, Merton’s Community Ranger Service and other volunteers are joining forces to participate in this giant community planting day.

Diarmuid said that creating gardens for Home Front is a fantastic job but it is important to remember that many people in London do not have their own piece of ground where they can experience the joys of digging, planting and nourishing the soil.

He said, “Projects like this provide a vital opportunity for everyone to get involved in the green space around us and develop a relationship with trees and nature.”

Together with Merton Council, the project has been made possible through support from Barclays Bank Plc, Awards from All and various individuals through Trees for London’s Sponsor-a-Tree scheme.

Dave Lofthouse, Merton Council’s Arboriculture Manager said: “School children from all forty schools in Merton have already been involved in workshops at the site that included planting their own tree into the new woodland.

“Taking part in a community tree project like this is a great way for young people to learn about citizenship and appreciate that we all have a responsibility, both to each other and also to our natural environment.

“Oxygen does not just stop at national frontiers,” Mr Lofthouse said.

As well as tree-planting the event will have a Christmas theme with a visit from Santa Claus, live music from Jazz Dixie Five, mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments.

Medecins du Monde will promoting world peace through their ‘Surrender Your Weapon Programme’ which encourages children to symbolically hand in toy guns. A number of olive trees will also be planted within the park as a symbol of peace.

Photocall – 1.00 on Saturday 7 December at Morden Park, off London Road, Morden, SM4, with Diarmuid Gavin from BBC TV’s Homefront, the Mayor of Merton Councillor Edith MacCauley, Dave Lofthouse from the London Borough of Merton, Graham Simmonds, Chief Executive of Trees for London and Anjali Abayakoon, Community Manager at Barclays (a Golden Ash will be planted to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee).

Notes to Editors:

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