Search

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes plants trees in Ilford as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 November 2018

MP for Ilford South planred five trees. Picture: Offiice of Mike Gapes

MP for Ilford South planred five trees. Picture: Offiice of Mike Gapes

Archant

MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes, joined more than 500 other MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy - a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The trees - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel were planted in South Park, South Park Drive, Ilford, on Friday November 2.

They were donated to Mr Gapes thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a documentary - The Queen’s Green Planet.

At the heart of the film was a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

In a rare opportunity to see the Queen talking informally to Sir David, the conversation ranged from climate change, to conkers and of course trees, and was watched by 6.4 million viewers, making it ITV’s most watched factual programme of the year.

In support of the programme the Woodland Trust provided 50,000 trees for ITV viewers and also offered a special commemorative pack to every MP in the UK.

Mr Gapes said: “I am delighted to support this very imaginative and important project, and am pleased that the South Park Users Group have organised this planting in one of the best small parks in Redbridge.

“I know that the residents of Ilford South will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”

Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight added: “We are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

“We all need trees -they are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity.

“They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe.”

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said:“As the Woodland Trust’s largest corporate partner, we’re committed to raising awareness of the importance of the UK’s woods and trees, and contributing to their conservation.”

Latest Ilford Stories

18:06

Stopper became a father for second time just hours before winning man of the match award in win over Fylde

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (Wilkinson 28, Munns 64) Fylde 1 (Bond 1)

16:56

Leyton Orient came from behind to beat Bromley and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches, while also returning to the top of the table.

Pupils from three Redbridge schools were able to discover more about science and the aviation industry at an event organised by London City Airport.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Justin Edinburgh will make at least one change to the team which won 3-1 at AFC Fylde last time out

Although I have been married for almost half a century, my wife and I are still having many unresolved issues.

08:00

I like science fiction. I grew up wearing glasses so I didn’t have much say in the matter.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now