Mile End Park tree planters lead the Big Climate Fightback in Tower Hamlets

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A community tree planting day was held in Mile End Park with more than 100 volunteers taking part

Tower Hamlets Council hosted a community tree planting on Saturday 30 November, as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback.

The event saw volunteers plant a mixture of deciduous and evergreen tree species on Haverfield Green to help enhance the Mile End Park Woodland Trail and provide continuous canopy cover of trees from one end of the park to the other.

Stephen Murray, Head of Tower Hamlets Arts, Parks and Events, said: “Our award-winning parks are a jewel in the crown of Tower Hamlets. It’s essential that we keep them replenished with new trees and support this crucial climate change initiative.” 

A variety of tree species including Common Alder, Beech, Silver Birch, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Hornbeam, Large Leaf Lime, Small Leaf Lime, Scots Pine, Wild Service and Yew were chosen to replicate native tree species that you would expect to find in British woodland.

A diverse mixture of species has been chosen to help enhance biodiversity outcomes. This mix of species also enables the council to teach local interest groups about a greater number of tree species, when giving woodland trail talks to local interest groups on the importance of trees.

  • Tower Hamlets parks host regular tree planting sessions and educational trips to showcase the rich variety of woodland in the park.
  • For further information about experiencing any of our parks or organising a group trip, you can email the parks team on
    • Tower Hamlets has 120 parks, gardens and open spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy.
    • Read about the record number of awards for our parks including, in 2019, 12 Green Flag Awards online.
    • Sir John McDougall Gardens was awarded a Green Flag for the first time in 2019. In the same year, Tower Hamlets was awarded seven gold and two silver awards at the London in Bloom Awards as well as our first City Centre overall gold.
Posted on Wednesday 4th December 2019