On Wednesday 19 February 400 trees were planted in the old Pitch and Put area of Valentines Park, Ilford, by around 40 local volunteers. The event was timed to coincide with "Show the love" month and was organised by Redbridge Council's Nature Conservation Ranger Team and Transition Town Ilford.
Parents brought their children along and those taking part ranged from 2 to 70 plus! There was even a 3 month old baby in his pram!
The event began with warm up exercises and simple songs about planting trees, along with an explanation by Francis Castro of the Nature Conservation Ranger Team about the benefits of nature and trees. We then got stuck in to planting the trees, kindly donated by the Woodland Trust.
With everyone working together the trees were soon planted. Volunteers wrote on green paper hearts what they love about nature which they don't want to lose, hung the hearts on the trees and enjoyed home made cake and hot drinks. It was great to see parents so interested in giving their children a practical opportunity to do something to care for nature, and make Ilford a greener place to live.