Trees for Cities host community tree planting day

Last Saturday (February 10), Merton residents gathered at Morden Park to participate in the first community planting day of the year. Organised in collaboration with Trees for Cities, the event aimed to greenify the sports field, and plant a variety of trees along the border of the park. Despite the weather, volunteers of all ages rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, planting a grand total of 2000 native woodland trees throughout the day. The planting of these trees not only significantly enhances the biodiversity, but it will also reduce air and noise pollution along the nearby A24 road.

The project strategically focused on planting small native trees along the park’s northeast borders, ensuring the preservation of ample space for sporting activities within the park. There was a remarkable turnout with a total of 166 volunteers from the community, including members from the Ahmadiyya Community and the Ahmadiyya Women’s Association. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down and was involved in the day. In addition to tree planting, the day was packed with fun-filled activities for our volunteers, including face-painting stations, food stalls, and music.

Cabinet Member for Local Environment, Green Spaces and Climate Change Councillor Natasha Irons said:

“Thank you to all of the volunteers, Trees for Cities and Merton’s Green Spaces team who have helped us plant 2000 new trees in Morden Park. These native woodland trees will help us to improve biodiversity and contribute to a sustainable future in Merton. Events like this don’t just contribute to our future, they bring our community together and give us another reason to feel proud of where we live