Faiths Forum for London and the Strengthening Faith Institutions are facilitating an interfaith tree planting project, which aims to plant 32 trees across 10 London Boroughs. The project aims to promote community spirit, develop interfaith relations and make London greener funded by the Mayor of London.

Naka Alkhzraji, project manager has said:

“We feel that this is a great opportunity for people to come together, learn more about one-another, and add to the natural beauty of their local community. It is a unique opportunity to invite religious institutions of different faiths to come together and play a role in the plantation, and subsequent long-term care of the trees.”

On the 30th of January Almanaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, members of the local community from all faith backgrounds and the local borough of Kensington and Chelsea took part in coming together as a community close to the Grenfell region. This particular day coincided with Tu BiShvat, literally meaning the New Year of Trees.

Rabbi Natan Levy, Head of Operations at Strengthening Faith Institutions said:

“The significance of planting trees in Judaism is immense, it represents the beginning of life and a symbol of Jewish existence, a core value of an individual and communal living. It is an opportunity to plant together and grow closer as a community as the trees take root.”

Thursday 1st February saw another day of interfaith tree planting at Valence Park within Barking and Dagenham with members from Bethel Christian Centre. Colin Richardson, lead co-coordinator for the Environmental and Enforcement, said:

“I have been doing this for 25 years, the trees we have planted today within the circle are representative of the circle of life and in line with the interfaith element of this project. I look proudly around the park and see trees I have planted…”

Other dates and locations included:

  • Tuesday 6th February 2018, at Crescent Gardens in the Borough of Haringey, along with members of the local community from St Michael’s Church, Wightman Road Mosque planted lime and silver birch trees
  • Friday 23rd February 2018, Kingston Road Recreation Ground with Surrey islamic centre
  • Wednesday 28th February 2018, members of Hounslow Jamia Masjid and All Saints Hanworth came together in the adverse weather conditions
  • Thursday March 8th 2018, Caledonia Park in Finsbury Park
  • Monday 12th March, Simon Marks School Jewish School with Herschel Gluck OBE
  • Thursday 22nd March, Arnos Park