Wandsworth English Oak
This is one of The Tree Council’s 60 educational tree planting schemes with children that
were inspired by the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Each tree, provided by The Tree
Council, was chosen and planted by volunteers in the community.
An English oak tree, donated to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, was planted in Wandsworth, south-west London, on Sunday 16th December 2012
to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year.
Women and girls from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association gathered on Tooting Bec Common to plant the commemorative tree.
Councillor Nicola Nardelli, Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth, and Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council, took part in the event. Nasira Rehman, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association UK, and missionary Imam Bajwa Rashid also attended the ceremony.
About 150 girls sang
a Jubilee song, while some read out poems, as well as letters they had written to the Queen.
To mark the occasion further, the young women of the community also planted three wild cherry trees, purchased thanks to the fundraising efforts of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association.
Photographs - top to bottom:
- 1. Imam Bajwa Rashid (right) and Andrew Wills,
Co-ordinator of the Wandsworth Tree Warden Network (centre) watch as the oak is planted.
- 2. Girls, wearing banners with the motto of the Ahmadi community, Love for All, Hatred for None, prepare to read out poems and render a chorus to celebrate the tree planting event.