Environment boost in park

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 4 September 2018, 11:13 am

More than 500 trees will be planted in Dagenham's Mayesbrook Park this winter, as part of plans to improve green space and support local wildlife.

Specialist contractors will plant 26 large trees, and 520 smaller ones will be planted by the local community and helpers from wildlife charity The Conservation Volunteers.

As well as encouraging local wildlife including birds and bats, the planting plan will help compensate for around 30 trees that will be lost in the area as part of renovation work to South Lake in the park.

Syed Ghani, Barking and Dagenham Council's cabinet member for public realm, welcomed the boost to the environment: "We have a range of beautiful parks in our borough and that is why it is essential we continue to invest in them to make sure our residents can enjoy the green spaces and that wildlife can thrive there."

The trees are part of over 40,000 being planted across the capital through the mayor of London's Greener City Fund.

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