Oak planted to celebrate Queen's Park play area renewal

Queen's Park head of parks Richard Gentry helped in the ceremonial planting of a common oak tree last week to mark redevelopments and a mayor's visit.

The park's play area, which attracts 200,000 visitors a year, is undergoing changes thanks to a £10,000 donation from the Queen's Park Area Residents Association Brent's ward working fund also donated £10,000.

Gentry welcomed City of London lord mayor Roger Gifford and Brent mayor Michael Adeyeye for the planting and took them on a tour of the Quiet Garden, with beehives and woodland walk, as well as the play area.

"There are three primary bee hives with four smaller hives in the garden, where park beekeepers are using the smaller hives for artificial insemination of the queen bee," said a spokeswoman of the 12ha park run by City of London Corporation.

"The corporation is also running a sustainable planting scheme in the garden that has seen an increase in the use of perennial planting."


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