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Trees for Cities plan Elf Green planting day at Shadwell's Glamis Estate

PUBLISHED: 00:01 20 February 2013

Families are getting together to plant trees to brighten up their concrete housing estate in London's East End.

A community tree planting event is being held as part of a project to revamp Shadwell’s Glamis Estate off Cable Street.

It is being staged on the estate’s Elf Green open space on Saturday (Feb 23) to plant trees to help improve the urban environment.

The Trees for Cities charity is turning it into a family fun day with live music by Elvis—otherwise known as Micky, one of the tenants—as well as arts and crafts activities and face painting.

Tools and gloves for planting the trees are being provided, but the charity advises volunteers to wear suitable shoes and outdoor clothing.

The charity has been working with East End Homes organisation for five years ‘greening’ bleak areas of urban housing to add colour and a touch of the countryside to inner city districts. This is the second year of the Glamis Estate project for new trees, hedgerows, plants and herb gardens.

Saturday’s Elf Green tree-planting is in Elf Row, access from Brodlove Lane, off Cable Street, 11am to 3pm, near Shadwell station.

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