Bexley joins London’s biggest ‘plant-a-thon’

Volunteers at Danson Park

Community groups, Council Officers and Councillors helped to plant hundreds of young trees in Danson Park in Welling on Sunday (2 December) as part of London’s biggest-ever tree planting weekend.

Events took place across the capital as part of a scheme by the Mayor of London to mark the end of National Tree Week (24 November to 2 December). The London Mayor had pledged £5 million in grants to help fund community tree planting as part of his £12 million Greener City Fund.

Members of Friends of Danson Park, Bexley Police Cadets and the Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan Centre for Oneness arrived at 10am and braved the cold to plant the young trees in the south of the park. The volunteers were joined by Councillor Louie French, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth and Councillor Val Clark, Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, along with members of Bexley’s tree team. 

Together they planted around 700 young trees, including Mountain Ash, Rowan, Bird Cherry, Common Crab Apple and Hazel. The new young trees replace the saplings planted in this area of the park earlier this year, which hadn’t developed due to the summer drought and those that were damaged.

The Council itself has already planted 300 new trees along streets across the borough this year as part of its commitment to planting 1,000 new street trees by 2020. 

Councillor Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Places, said: “Planting new trees is one of the best things we can all do to #doitforbexley and help make the place we live and work greener and healthier. Thank you to the community groups who have been a huge help today in making the best use of the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund.”

The Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund, in partnership with the Conservation Volunteers, provided thousands of trees to local community groups to plant across London free of charge. 

National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). The Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, first established National Tree Week in March 1975 in response to the national replanting required after the outbreak of Dutch Elm disease.