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‘Edible tree trail’ to give boost to Loxford Park

PUBLISHED: 11:38 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:48 24 December 2014

Loxford Park

Loxford Park

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A green space which benefits youngsters on an estate is set to be improved with a £11,373 project.

Thirty trees are set to be planted in Loxford Park to create an “edible tree trail” made up of species which produce fruit and nuts.

The scheme, which will be run with Trees for Cities, has been made possible by funding awarded to Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure by Veolia Environmental Trust.

Elizabeth Gardner, 28, is a team leader for Metro Kids Club, which is run by the City Gates Christian Centre from the Loxford Youth Centre, in Loxford Lane, Ilford.

She said: “It sounds really good.

“For children on that estate we try to put on different things over the weekend to give them something else to do rather than hang out on street corners.

“We have an allotment on the estate where we are growing our own produce, so getting involved with this would be positive.

“We have a really good relationship with Vision and would definitely like to run activities there.”

Visitors to the site, also in Loxford Lane, will be encouraged to pick their own fruit and nuts.

Volunteer work will be an integral part of the scheme and young people will be able to enjoy activities throughout the year after the trail is completed.

Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council and cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The tree trail that this grant will fund will have many benefits for the park, the people of all ages who use and enjoy it and its wildlife.

“This is just another example of the range of improvements that we are bringing to the borough’s parks and open spaces.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “This grant rounds off a very busy 2014 for us, with us awarding a total of £6.8million to over 230 community and environmental projects across the UK.

“This edible tree trail will bring many benefits to the park and the people who enjoy it and we look forward to seeing work start.”

Details are still being finalised, but a community planting day has been arranged for next month.

It will take place from 11am to 3pm on January 17.


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