David Attenborough visits Islington school

Wildlife broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough presented pupils and staff at a primary school with a rare tree.

The conservationist, writer and presenter of BBCs Frozen Planet, gave the black poplar to St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Matilda Street, Islington, to commemorate national tree week.

Children from year six joined Islington’s Mayor Cllr Phil Kelly for a ceremony in Thornhill Crescent.

Black poplars were once common in Britain, but there are now just 2,500 left in the UK.

Campaigners hope to revive their fortunes by encouraging local planting.


You may also want to watch:


Cllr Paul Smith, executive member for environment, said: “Sir David’s black poplar is a wonderful addition to Islington’s trees, and I hope it will be standing tall for many years to come.”

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus