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Mar 14 2013

School Children Help Mayor Plant Tree in Harrow

harrow_council_logoGreen-fingered pupils from Norbury School in Welldon Crescent, braved the cold snap to give the Mayor of Harrow a helping hand at his annual tree planting ceremony this week.

In a tradition that has been going on for 22 years, the borough’s first citizen plants a tree every spring in an area of Harrow Recreation Ground called the Mayor’s Avenue. With the help of the pupils, The Mayor of Harrow planted a Dawn Redwood tree on Monday 11th March.

In spite of the cold the Norbury pupils then showed the Mayor the crocuses they planted in 2010 which are flowering for the third time. The purple crocuses were donated by Northwick Park Rotary Club to symbolise the successful immunisation programme against polio that has almost eradicated the disease worldwide.

The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail, said: “I was delighted to be able to continue with the tradition of planting the Mayoral tree. I would like to thank all of Norbury pupils for their efforts despite the weather. It was a pleasure having the pupils’ come out to help with the planting and I am delighted that I have played my part in making Harrow Recreation Ground a popular and attractive place to visit, that we can all be proud of as a community.”

Jane Galbraith, Chair of Norbury School Governors and Publicity Secretary of the Harrow Recreation Ground Users’ Association, added: “It snowed, the east wind blew but the children enjoyed helping the Mayor and telling him about the crocuses and having a swing in the playground!”

The first Mayoral tree was planted by then Mayor of Harrow, John Cripps in 1991.

Source: Harrow Council

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