Pupils help to establish east london woodland

Primary school children help to plant 'mini wood' that will grow as they do

Primary school children in an east London borough have been involved in the planting of a mini wood, which will grow as they do. Leys Field is in a heavily industrialised area of Dagenham near many houses, shops and also Leys Primary School. Pupils from the school assisted park rangers and members of the Barking & Dagenham council arboricultural team to plant 600 Ilex, Salix, Crataegus douglasii and Viburnum opulus. The project is a funding initiative between the council and Groundwork East London, which is a trust partnership of residents, businesses and organisations dedicated to improving the community through environmental action. The project is part of Greening the Gateway — a parks, gardens and open spaces strategy that is part of the Thames Gateway initiative that will see the regeneration of the north and south banks of the River Thames east of London. The woodland scheme will eventually cover 900sq m, and the tree mixture has been chosen with the aim of creating a wildlife habitat. Councillor Jeff Porter said: “It is great to see young children getting involved in nature and learning about the development of trees. “It will be very rewarding for them to see the fruits of their labour in future years when these trees are standing proud and tall.”

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