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Civic leaders dig in to replace Finsbury Park trees lost in storm

The Speaker of Hackney Council, Cllr Michael Desmond, with Mayor of Haringey Cllr Sheila Peacock and Mayor of Islington Council Cllr Barry Edwards get digging The Speaker of Hackney Council, Cllr Michael Desmond, with Mayor of Haringey Cllr Sheila Peacock and Mayor of Islington Council Cllr Barry Edwards get digging

Saturday, December 14, 2013
12:21 PM

Mayors from two boroughs and a speaker from another went digging in their robed finery to help plant trees donated to replace those lost in the devastating St Jude’s storm.

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The community tree planting in Finsbury Park saw Mayor of Islington Cllr Barry Edwards, the Speaker of Hackney Council, Cllr Michael Desmond and Cllr Sheila Peaock, mayor of Haringey, get their hands dirty for a good cause.

Both Hackney and Islington lost 100s of trees when winds of up to 70mph tore through the borough’s.

The Woodland Trust donated morre than 400 trees to replace those lost, 200 of which will be planted around Finsbury Park.

Cllr Michael O’Sullivan, Chair of the Finsbury Park Trust said: ”This is our small contribution in making the area greener, help reduce air pollution and make the park a place to visit with pride.

“Following the recent storm and the devastating effect leading to a number of trees being destroyed, we hope we can encourage the local community to plant more trees throughout the year.”

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