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Ilford’s South Park is now home to 30 new trees thanks to this project. The park is an Edwardian park which still has many of its original features, including a boating lake. Many of the park’s native trees were reaching the end of their natural lives and had been removed.
The project saw the planting of new native broad-leaf trees as part of a phased programme, spearheaded by national charity Trees for Cities. The new trees, which replaced the mature ones, were planted by local residents and name tags were tied on the trees with the botanical and common names so people could learn about their favourite ones.
The local community was involved in every stage of the project. Park users were consulted about where they would like to see new trees and which species should be planted. The trees planted were chosen to ensure diversity in the tree stock and create a sustainable future. Local school children, residents and community groups participated in further consultation activities, a schools workshop and a community planting day.
Trees for Cities also worked closely with local organisations Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and South Park Users Group, drawing on their knowledge of the community and what was needed in the park.