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The Friends of Oaks Park were very grateful to be offered 100 saplings by the Mayor of London and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers. This was part of the initiative to support one of H.M. the Queen’s legacy projects, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project to increase the number of trees being planted across all 53 Commonwealth countries.
We chose 7th December as the morning for our planting, which turned out to be exceptionally wet, with pouring rain. The good thing was that the ground was ideal for planting. We had tremendous assistance from our Council Trees Officer, Ben Morris, and his team. We were also helped by Tony and the Parks Team from IdVerde, which was much appreciated. Twelve of the Friends of Oaks Park (plus Cuffley the dog) turned up in appalling conditions to do the planting. We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton, Steve and Pauline Cook, who came along to help us too. We were also grateful for the support of our local MP, Tom Brake.
We planted a mixture of large park trees and shrubs to encourage wildlife. The planting was done in record time, partly due to the weather and there was a real sense of team spirit throughout. Having got all the saplings in, we adjourned to the Oaks Park Café for much needed drinks to warm us up. We really enjoyed the experience and look forward to getting the Friends involved in other planting opportunities in the future.’
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