Let’s plant some trees and wildlife shrubs in Ilford this winter!
Ilford Transition Town is looking for volunteers to take part in planting wildlife shrubs in South Ilford. It’s a practical, easy and loving way to bring wildlife to a densely packed urban area, and one of the least green parts of the whole borough of Redbridge.
Friday 7th December 10 am -12noon at St Lukes Children’s and Community Centre
These small trees have great benefits for attracting wildlife into Ilford and most also have herbal medicinal benefits.
Want to help plant them or look after them on a long term basis? Just turn up on the day at St Luke’s Centre (google map link) or contact Peter from Ilford TT. E: firstname.lastname@example.org / M: 07943 986988 / T: 0207 041 7194
A bit more info on why we like the London Mayor’s scheme:
All have beautiful flowers after 2/3 years. Bees and butterflies love them, then birds and other invertebrates will come. This is great for South Ilford!
Blackthorn flowers first in March, before leaves come out – has sloe berries in Autumn
Hawthorn has leaves first, then flowers and red clusters of autumn berries
Dogwood has lovely red stems for winter display, with white flowers in spring –best to cut it in early summer to promote fresh shoots for vibrancy
Guelder Rose has lovely flowers and lovely berries
Goat willow has lovely catkins in spring . It grows fastest and would be best as a structural backdrop behind the other plants