May was a very busy month for local poet Mary T Duggan! Not only reading and MCing for a Ukraine fundraiser where poets raised £30,000 (Venue, thanks to Finchley. JW3, Jewish Centre) and a homeless fundraiser it was all about trees then !!
Mary Duggan’s Word Meets Art Community Collage workshop joined with TreesforCities.org at its public, open air event for the Ealing community, at Southall Park. Good weather. Steel band music. Poetry. Storytelling. Talks. Creative workshops and tree identification walks etc. engaged families on the nature, and importance of trees to promote family understanding of the value of trees. TreesforCities.org are the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities e.g Urban Forests projects.
1,285,073 trees have been planted since 1993 and over 140,000, volunteers engaged.
They state : “We get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods – whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.
Our award winning work in schools is delivery-focused and involves transforming school grounds into greener and healthier places to be through innovative design, high-quality planting and landscaping, and inclusive engagement of the school community.
Our school work is made up of a variety of programmes including Edible Playgrounds, Planting Healthy Air, Growing among Trees and Trees for Schools.
Listen to Mary T Duggan’s poem “Planting Trees” on our Enfield in Poetry Map