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Volunteers plant 700 trees in Upminster and Rainham community woodland area

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:12 22 March 2019

The Forestry Commission team in Thames Chase in conjunction with the Thames Chase Trust planted 700 trees in Berwick Glades. Photo: Jill Mead

The Forestry Commission team in Thames Chase in conjunction with the Thames Chase Trust planted 700 trees in Berwick Glades. Photo: Jill Mead

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Volunteers celebrated the Forestry Commission's 100th anniversary by planting 700 trees in a new community woodland area between Upminster and Rainham.

The Forestry Commission team in Thames Chase in conjunction with the Thames Chase Trust planted 700 trees in Berwick Glades. Photo: Jill MeadThe Forestry Commission team in Thames Chase in conjunction with the Thames Chase Trust planted 700 trees in Berwick Glades. Photo: Jill Mead

The local Forestry Commission team with the Thames Chase Trust held a special community planting day on Tuesday, March 19.

Nearly 100 volunteers took part, including adults and children from Squirrels Heath School in Salisbury Road, Romford in planting 700 trees in Berwick Glades, a former quarry and landfill site.

The restoration of Berwick Glades between Upminster and Rainham. Photo: Jill MeadThe restoration of Berwick Glades between Upminster and Rainham. Photo: Jill Mead

Dave Bigden, Forest Development Manager, said: “It was great to see the schoolchildren actively engaging in their local environment and planting trees on a site that they can return to, knowing that they ‘did their bit’ to create a Forestry Commission Community Woodland in their local landscape and the Thames Chase Community Forest.”

More than 10,000 trees have been planted in Berwick Glades since the Forestry Commission in partnership with Ingrebourne Valley Limited took over the site.

The former quarry and landfill site Berwick Glades between Rainham and Upminster which is undergoing restoration. Photo: Jill MeadThe former quarry and landfill site Berwick Glades between Rainham and Upminster which is undergoing restoration. Photo: Jill Mead

A new all-ability path will be installed over the coming months to connect two adjacent woodlands and the site is due to officially open to the public this summer.

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