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Harlesden schoolchildren help plant 100 trees in Roundwood Park to offset pollution caused by Knowles House redevelopment

PUBLISHED: 08:01 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:25 05 December 2018

Newfield Primary School pupils helped to plant 100 sapling trees. Picture: Diane Auckland

Newfield Primary School pupils helped to plant 100 sapling trees. Picture: Diane Auckland

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Harlesden schoolkids helped a developer plant 100 saplings in their local park to offset the effects of carbon emissions at a nearby development.

Katherine Doha from Wates Residential with Newfield Primary School pupils in Roundwood Park. Picture: Diane AucklandKatherine Doha from Wates Residential with Newfield Primary School pupils in Roundwood Park. Picture: Diane Auckland

Thirteen pupils from Newfield Primary School got digging in Roundwood Park on November 21 with help from representatives from The Carbon Footprint and Wates Residential.

The trees, including native British species such as silver birch, grey willow, whitebeam, hazel and hawthorn, were donated to Brent Council by Wates Residential. The developer is currently working on the Knowles House redevelopment in Harlesden, which will includes a building for temporary accommodation and another to enable independent living for vulnerable adults.

The trees will help offset pollution from vehicles, machinery and site offices.

WR’s project director Glen Roberts said: “Planting more than 100 trees in Brent is just one of the ways we can ensure we are creating great places for people to live far into the future, as well as helping us to maintain our commitment of being a responsible business.”

Glen Roberts, project director for Wates Residential with Newfield Primary School pupils in Roundwood Park. Picture: Diane AucklandGlen Roberts, project director for Wates Residential with Newfield Primary School pupils in Roundwood Park. Picture: Diane Auckland

Brent’s housing boss, Cllr Eleanor Southwood, added: “This is a great initiative and I am looking forward to seeing the development of the woodland over the coming years.”

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