Dec 02 2011

New trees for Roxeth Rec after walking group digs deep

They may be called the Weekly Walking Wanderers but a group of Harrow residents put down roots in Roxeth Rec this week after donating money to plant 24 trees in the park.

 Sixteen members of the walking group, which meets every weekday in the South Harrow Park , donated almost £4,000 to Harrow Council for the trees. The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Mrinal Choudhury, helped the group plant them today (Tuesday 29th November) during National Tree Week.

The money was spent on a range of species including wild cherry, birch, sweetgum, bird cherry, magnolia and eucalyptus, which provide more flower bearing trees for the park.

The Wanderers started more than two decades ago when just two Harrow residents, Ramesh Manilal Shah and Shewak Dansingani, started walking together on weekend mornings. They were soon joined by neighbours and friends for walks around Harrow Parks, Harrow on the Hill and along the Grand Union Canal and took their name from choosing different places to enjoy their walks.

For the last eight years the group, which now numbers up to 70 people, made Roxeth Rec the venue for their daily walks but still go further a field at weekends.

The group includes doctors, architects, chartered accountants and businessmen of all faiths and backgrounds. Plaques have also been installed with the trees, including one planted by a member in memory of his son, who passed away two years ago.

Zal Sethna from the Weekly Walking Wanderers Group, said:

“A small group of up to 10 people walk every morning, rain or shine, in Roxeth Rec. This lovely, well-maintained park has brought us together in real comradeship and it has been our meeting place for many years.

“We have organised breakfasts, lunches and dinners together and have even gone on holidays abroad.

“About a year ago some of us thought about planting a few trees and in all, 16 members donated with our love and gratitude. We were all involved in choosing the trees and are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the place for many years to come.”

Cllr Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for environment and community safety on Harrow Council, said:

“It is precisely because Harrow residents are so passionate about their green spaces and want to work with the Council to improve them, that we have some of the best parks in the capital.

“Roxeth Rec is a Green Flag park and also one of the Mayor of London’s gold standard Safer Parks, so it is an absolute gem. These new trees, paid for by residents, will only enhance it further.

“We were delighted when the Wanderers offered the donation for new trees in the park and have worked closely with them to plant a range of new species.

“I hope the walkers, and all users of Roxeth Rec, continue to enjoy the park and all of its facilities in the years ahead.”

National Tree Week, 26 November – 4 December is the UK ‘s largest tree celebration and launches the start of the winter tree planting season.

Source: Harrow Council

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