May 18 2022

Prestigious award for Hainault planting

We are celebrating an incredible achievement! We have won the Tree and Woodland planting award for the huge amount of tree planting which was carried out at Hainault Forest during the 2021/2022 planting season. This is just one of the accolades presented as part of the London Tree and Woodland Awards. Coordinated by the Forestry Commission and the Mayor of London, this award recognises tree and woodland planting on publicly accessible land 


The judging panel were said to be impressed with the scale of the newly-created woodland on greenbelt land, which will result in improved access for the community as well as expanding wildlife habitat. The award was accepted by George Lewis (Hainault Development Officer), Jonathan Jukes (site manager for Essex), Jenny Carpenter (Engagement and Communicatons Officer), our contractor Duncan Ford and former assistant site manager Jess Vagg at a ceremony on 17th May.


This award is shared with the fantastic volunteers who turned up to planting sessions with gardening gloves on, ready to lend a hand with getting the trees in the ground. Over 1000 volunteers from across London and further afield helped create this brand new Forest extension, planting over 10,000 trees! Community groups from near and far helped with the planting over two days, including the Ahmadiyya Women’s community who attended both days in their pursuit of planting 100,000 trees for their 100th anniversary. Also helping us plant were pupils from a Jain school, the Minhaj Welfare society, a synagogue, Ahmadiyya Youth and many other locals and local groups. We were also supported by volunteers from Lloyds banking group who did 2 days planting with us at Hainault, as well as mapping experts ESRI.



If you were glued to Countryfile at the start of the year, you might have also noticed Hainault’s planting appeared in two consecutive weeks on the show, amazingly their Plant Britain volunteers managed to get quite a few trees in the ground in between the magic of filming.


Many thanks to everyone involved, this is an incredible team effort and fantastic that the hard work of everyone involved has been recognised!

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