Mayor Boris digs in to South Woodford park to launch London tree plan
THE MAYOR of London, Boris Johnson rolled up his sleeves yesterday to kick off a week-long tree planting programme in a South Woodford park.
Mr Johnson was joined by Redbridge Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea and an army of volunteers to begin planting 10,000 trees in Roding Valley Park.
The event, organised by charity Trees for Cities, will see the creation of a new woodland which will provide a number of environmental benefits.
These include improving the river habitat for a number of threatened species, helping to prevent flooding and soil erosion as well as acting as a screen between the park and nearby motorway.
Mr Johnson said: “Trees immeasurably improve our quality of life and I am determined to boost their numbers.
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“I am very pleased to have joined forces with Redbridge and other boroughs to plant a total of 20,000 trees.
“This shows what can be achieved when people work together to improve our city ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and beyond.”
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The week finishes with a community volunteer event on Saturday at the park’s Onslow Gardens entrance from 11am to 3pm.
As well as the opportunity to plant trees, residents will also be able to enjoy free woodland arts and crafts, activities and face painting.