Epping Forest fundraiser sees Bartlett turn Mansion House into woodland

An event has taken place at Mansion House to raise money for the Gifford Wood Appeal, which will fund the planning of 4,500 trees on a 12 hectare site to extend Epping Forest – creating Gifford Wood.

The Georgian residence of the Lord Mayor of London was transformed into a woodland oasis for the evening by event sponsors, Bartlett Tree Experts, who provided 5m high trees and shrubbery.

Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Roger Gifford, the event was attended by over 250 guests, including comedian Clive Anderson, who is also chairman of the Woodland Trust, Epping Forest chairman, Alderman Gordon Haines, and many friends and volunteers of Epping Forest.

Gifford said: "The Lady Mayoress and I both love trees and believe in a greener, tree-full countryside, so we were keen to include the planting of a new wood as an extension to Epping Forest in this year’s charity Appeal. I am immensely grateful for the generosity of Bartlett Tree Experts and the hard work of everyone involved in creating such a wonderful event in celebration of trees."

The Gifford Wood Appeal is one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Other beneficiaries are the City Music Foundation, Futures for Kids and the Harold Samuel Fund. See www.thelordmayorsappeal.org

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