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Volunteers plant trees to make Ilford ‘more pleasant’ on Sewa Day

13:10 17 October 2016

Bali Bhalla, co-ordinator for east London Sewa UK makes a short speech in South Park, Ilford to mark Sewa Day 2016 and encourage residents of Redbridge to think of others and become more environmentally friendly.

Bali Bhalla, co-ordinator for east London Sewa UK makes a short speech in South Park, Ilford to mark Sewa Day 2016 and encourage residents of Redbridge to think of others and become more environmentally friendly.

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A group of volunteers gave up their Saturday to perform a selfless deed for Sewa Day.

More than three dozen residents aged eight to 82 took to South Park, South Park Road, Ilford, to plant trees, paint benches and pick up dropped litter.

Ravi Bhanot, Sewa co-ordinator, said the day is for people of all dominations and backgrounds to do something for other people.

“It is a day of selfless work in Hindu and Punjabi, but most religions believe in selfless work and it is part of human nature to help others,” he said.

“One of our objectives was to help with the environment and recycling – the theme was chosen nationally.”

The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra with local residents after planting a plaque for a new oak tree in South Park, Ilford to mark Sewa Day 2016 and encourage residents of Redbridge to think of others and become more environmentally friendly.The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra with local residents after planting a plaque for a new oak tree in South Park, Ilford to mark Sewa Day 2016 and encourage residents of Redbridge to think of others and become more environmentally friendly.

Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra was invited to plant a tree and the volunteers thought it would be a fitting legacy for his term in office.

Ravi also believed it set a precedent and people could follow his example and do things at home to help the environment.

“We hope it’s a legacy for which people can aspire to,” he added.

“We hope to have more trees in the park and make it a more pleasant place.”

A volunteer bagging up the rubbish. Ravi Bhanot.A volunteer bagging up the rubbish. Ravi Bhanot.

Tony Hoad, of the South Park Users Group, came along and together with the volunteers and the mayor, agreed another event would be beneficial.

They have agreed to hold another clean-up day in March 2017.

Ravi said: “Anyone and everyone can help make Redbridge a better place to live – if you want to help locally then come along.”

Visit sewaweek.org.uk for more information.

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