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Parsloes Park ‘Forest of Thanks’

Digging out the Forest of thanksDuring what has been a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone, with more to possibly come, Barking and Dagenham Council want to recognise the incredible work that not only our local NHS staff and keyworkers have done, but every other individual who continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic and kept our community safe.

To celebrate those who have consistently gone above and beyond, the council will be creating a ‘Forest of Thanks’ at Parsloes Park in Dagenham.

The council will be partnering up with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) who work across the UK to create healthier and happier communities and SUGi Projects, an international organisation specialising in urban rewilding.

Works on the forest started in October 2020. Planting is due to start on 23 November and will be completed at the end of National Tree Week, which finishes on 4 December.

Following on from this, there will be opportunities for residents to help further with the planting, sometime in the new year, when it is safe to do so.

This ambitious project will include planting 32,000 native trees and shrubs following a new planting method called Miyawaki, which establishes a forest up to 30 times more dense than conventional tree planting. It also grows 10 times faster than regular forests and is a chemical and fertiliser free forest that sustains itself once established and supports local biodiversity.

Just four years after planting, the ‘Forest of Thanks’ will deliver benefits including:

  • absorbing 24,000 kg of carbon: up to 30 times better absorption compared to other tree-planting schemes
  • a huge increase in biodiversity
  • processing 1,500,000 litres of rain
  • improving air quality by reducing polluting floating particulates by up to 10%
  • up to 30 times better noise reduction compared to other tree-planting schemes

When completed, the ‘Forest of Thanks’ will be the largest Miyawaki Forest in the UK and Europe.

A garden / meadow of remembrance will be incorporated within the ‘Forest of Thanks’ at a later date to commemorate residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 during the pandemic.

If you wish to help plant this new forest, when it is safe to do so, or for more information about the ‘Forest of Thanks’, please email: rangers@lbbd.gov.uk.