Event plants idea of looking after the environment

(l-r) Sadie Allen, Daniel Marshamn, Pauline Powell, Clare Seek, Irene Strange, Fred Marshman and Arthur Marshan. 'Community tree planting at Wimbledon Park, Southsea, organised and run by Claire Seek''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133225-974)
(l-r) Sadie Allen, Daniel Marshamn, Pauline Powell, Clare Seek, Irene Strange, Fred Marshman and Arthur Marshan. 'Community tree planting at Wimbledon Park, Southsea, organised and run by Claire Seek''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133225-974)

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ONE of the best ways to learn is to sow the seeds of information early on.

And that’s what children got a chance to do as they planted trees and bulbs in Wimbledon Park, Southsea.

Clare Seek, 37, lives in Wimbledon Park Road, and is passionate to do things for the community.

She organised a community tree planting event on Saturday, where around 60 people turned up.

She said: ‘I’m very passionate about the community, and this was about getting people together and looking after the area they live in. We are making a willow dome, and so have planted those.

‘We hope to weave them as they grow, and we also planted two cherry trees.

‘I hope people had fun, and children got a chance to take part in tree-planting.

‘I’m pleased with how many people helped out, and it was a great, sunny day.’

Workers from park contractors ISS were also there to help.

The firm, which is contracted by Portsmouth City Council, provided the plants and trees.

And in another corner of the park, the Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens were planting bulbs and a plum tree.

As part of National Tree Week, which runs until December 1, the wardens were invited to take part in the community event.

Pauline Powell, is a coordinator of the wardens.

She said: ‘The Tree Council set up the awareness week in 1973, with the slogan “plant a tree in 73”.

‘And the idea has run from then and we have been planting trees since.

‘Trees are important to have and it’s great children came out to plant bulbs, because they understand more of their environment.’

Harry and Carol Roberts, both 65, of Wimbledon Park Road, Southsea, brought along their grandchildren Tilly, three, and Elliot, one.

Mrs Roberts said: ‘Our neighbour organised the event.

‘And we had our grandchildren coming over so thought we would get involved.

‘It’s important as it makes the children appreciate what’s around them, learn about the area they play in and help the environment.

‘Too many trees are disappearing.’