Planting fruit and nut trees in Elam Street space April 20th 2011

Grove Adventure Playground and Invisible Food, are celebrating the launch of the RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood campaigns,by rolling up their sleeves to be part of a tree planting movement to double native trees and woods in the UK.

This year, RHS Britain in Bloom has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to giveaway up to 200,000 free tree saplings to be planted by communities across the UK. Both the RHS and the Woodland Trust are supporting the United Nation’s 2011 International Year of Forests to raise awareness of conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and recognise the benefits trees bring to our wildlife and communities.

Grove Adventure Playground children, supported by Lambeth Parks and Invisible Food volunteers will be planting at Elam Street Space on Wednesday 20th April between 3 and 5pm.

Ceri Buck, of local wild food group Invisible Food said “The children will be planting wild fruit and nut saplings that they will see grow into beautiful food-giving trees as they grow older. Parents are also invited to help plant the trees. The more the local community is involved in creating our green spaces, the safer and more well kept they will be.”

Children will also learn about the Green belt movement in Kenya, founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, which plants trees to create better communities, to increase self-determination, equity, improved livelihoods, security, and environmental conservation.  This is Wangari’s message to young people around the world,

“I want young people to know that despite the challenges and constraints they face, there is hope. I want to encourage them to serve the common good. My experiences have taught me that service to others has its own special rewards. I also have a lot of hope in youth. Their minds do not have to be held back by old thinking about the environment. And you don’t have to be rich or give up everything to become active. Respect nature, treat her with dignity, give back as much as we take away” 

Wangari Maathai planting a tree in Kenya

Stephanie Eynon, Community Horticulture Manager, RHS, said, “RHS Britain in Bloom and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood enables people to join together to improve their local communities and restore civic pride through long-term, sustainable projects which are also beneficial for wildlife. We are delighted to be partnering with the Woodland Trust in order to focus this year’s launch on trees.”

Event details

Wednesday 20th April 2011

Elam Street Space, SE5    3 – 5pm

Contact:

Contact Ceri Buck, Invisible Food

07963 446605 or invisiblefood@gmail.com

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