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David Attenborough visits Islington school

PUBLISHED: 12:43 07 January 2012 | UPDATED: 16:39 09 January 2012

At the tree presentation are (L-R) black poplar campaigner Roger Jefcoate CBE; Sir David Attenborough; Cllr Phil Kelly, Mayor of Islington; Sir David Brewer CMG JP, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London: Jake Tibbetts of Islington Council tree service; Colonel Brian Kay, Deputy Lieutenant for Islington

At the tree presentation are (L-R) black poplar campaigner Roger Jefcoate CBE; Sir David Attenborough; Cllr Phil Kelly, Mayor of Islington; Sir David Brewer CMG JP, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London: Jake Tibbetts of Islington Council tree service; Colonel Brian Kay, Deputy Lieutenant for Islington

Justin W Thomas

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.

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.”


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